At 80 years old Joe Biden is the oldest president in US history. If he is re-elected in 2024, He would finish his second term at 86. Something that raises doubts among his own voters and has become a recurring question at every press conference or event he attends. This is why the White House press secretary said in his last appearance: Karine Jean Pierre he joked that “80 is the new 40, don’t you understand? “.”I get asked this question once a week, I don’t know, I’ve lost track. “In 2019 he received the same criticism, in 2020, in 2022 and he always defeats his critics,” he added.
Joking aside, the age of the President of the United States It’s an issue that worries more than just his voters.. During these years, we have seen him fall asleep at some event, stumble on stage, also become disoriented, and make several mistakes: such as when he asked at an event if a deceased congresswoman was there.
In late August, an Associated Press-NORC poll found that the 77 percent of Americans surveyed think Biden is too old do his job for four more years, including 69 percent of Democrats. Biden is only three years older than the favorite in the Republican ranks: Donald Trump. At 77 years old Because of his age, he is not scrutinized to the same extent.
There is no relief in American politics
“I’m running because democracy is at stake, because in 2024 we will vote again on the future of democracy. “Let it be clear: Trump and his Republican supporters are determined to destroy American democracy,” the president said this Monday during an event in New York, when, according to the Reuters agency, he asked his age for the umpteenth time was asked.
The gerontocracy was installed at the top of both parties. In the Republican ranks, for example, he is the most powerful member of the party in Washington Mitch McConnell, 81. The Senate Republican leader has twice closed a gap in his appearance before the media in five months. The last, last August. A journalist asked the politician about his plans for re-election in 2026. McConnell He stood there, completely paralyzed, staring into space for 30 seconds.
Is the Republican capable of running for re-election? They then asked Biden, who chose not to answer. It’s also getting attention from Democrats the case of Nancy Pelosi, 83 years old. The congresswoman, one of the most powerful women in Washington, resigned from her party’s leadership in the House of Representatives a year ago after the Republican victory. But 10 days ago he announced that he would run for re-election in 2024 to remain based in San Francisco. It is clear that there is no relief in American politics right now.