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The focus is on Joe Biden’s age, which is more than simply a statistic

Do you think Joe Biden is too elderly to run for the presidency?

While Republicans and right-wing media have pounced on the issue, Democrats and the majority of the American media have shied away from it.

Debate over whether or not the oldest US president ever elected plans to run again in 2024 is heating up even as he prepares for an exhausting Middle East visit.

There is no apparent replacement to Biden, who turns 80 on November 20. This puts Democrats in a tough situation.

I think he’s the appropriate person to be president at this time. Though right-wing assertions that Biden has dementia have been fiercely criticised, “He’s too elderly for the next race,” The Atlantic concluded recently.

A New York Times survey issued on Monday found that 64% of Democratic voters want another candidate in 2024 because to their dissatisfaction with Biden. Those looking for a change point to his advanced age as the primary motivator.

The president would be 82 at the start of a second term and 86 at the end of it. Ronald Reagan, on the other hand, was 77 when he stepped down as president in 1989.
New York Times on Saturday described a White House that had grown cautious and even concerned about Biden’s age.

It is no surprise that Biden has a long list of demanding duties, including the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, high inflation, the epidemic of gun violence, and a staunchly conservative Supreme Court.

In November, a doctor concluded that he was a “vigorous” guy with slight acid reflux and arthritic issues, and that he was in good condition overall.

However, his outward appearance reflects the toll the workplace has taken on him: his white hair has thinned down, his walk careful.

When reading off a teleprompter, he occasionally loses his line of thought or stumbles, and the stammer he overcome as a youngster resurfaces.
The White House has had to walk down President Obama’s inappropriate statements on delicate diplomatic matters multiple times.

In contrast to his predecessors, Vice President Joe Biden prefers to write op-eds in newspapers rather than do press conferences or interviews.

For a few days on the weekends, he often escapes to one of his two Delaware houses. When he attends church, he is only seen by White House journalists from afar.

It was difficult to miss the age difference between Vice President Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, 50, and French President Emmanuel Macron, 44, as the G7 leaders posed for a selfie during their June meeting.

His senior adviser Mike Donilon told the New York Times that the president wants “to spend four hours strategizing for how we hit the ground running on domestic policy, while all much younger personnel want to do is sleep” on the aircraft. However, his aides defend him passionately.

He returned to the saddle on Sunday following a small but well-publicized bike accident on June 18, and joked about it with reporters.

There are many influential people in American politics who are above 70, including the president, who is now 76-years-old.

Trump, a likely Republican presidential contender in 2024, is well aware that playing on one’s age is a winning strategy.

According to research, there are plenty of healthy, intelligent individuals well into their eighties or even nineties nowadays. Biden is not one of them, but his age has nothing to do with it. The truth is that life really starts at the age of 80!” According to what he posted on Twitter, Trump has a penchant for writing.

There is also the political dilemma of how a president born in World War II can stay in touch with the younger generation.

For example, how does he react to teenage protesters who gathered in front of the White House to voice their displeasure with the Supreme Court’s decision to remove the right to an abortion from the federal constitution?

‘Keep demonstrating,’ Biden said, without offering a response. Reiterate what you’ve already said. Everything depends on it.

Only 43% of Democrats between the ages of 18 and 34 feel that Biden is following his commitments, according to a Morning Consult study conducted in April and May.

It’s hard to think of a replacement for him. A natural successor to Vice President Joe Biden should he quit, 57-year-old Kamala Harris, has been criticised by some for her prospects.

Gavin Newsom, the 54-year-old governor of California, or Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, the 40-year-old secretary of transportation, are two additional possibilities.

However, the Democratic Party has yet to produce a clear contender.

Chris Matthews
Chris Matthews
I am a Political News Journalist of The National Era
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