Next week marks President Joe Biden’s 80th birthday. Throughout his time in office, he has come under continual fire for a string of embarrassing public gaffes that have led some to speculate that his cognitive abilities prevent him from performing the duties of his position. Age was a factor in the 2020 race, as some who perceived the issue said that Biden’s declining health would be bad for the job.
From mumbling and not making sense to severe memory lapses, Biden has a history of verbal slip-ups. Throughout his presidency, he has also regularly stumbled and fallen.
But Biden argued that he still has the strength necessary for the job. “I’m in good health. All my, everything physically about me is still functioning well, so you know, and mentally too.” he remarked.
According to a poll released in July by The New York Times and Siena College, 26% of Democratic voters backed Biden for a second term. However, Republicans and detractors have pounced on Biden’s verbal and physical gaffes to argue that he lacks the mental competence to hold office for another term.
The main justification given by those opposed to another word was age.
Although allegations of poor mental acuity have followed Biden since he took office, pressure on the Democratic Party has risen as the US prepares for mid-term elections next month. In September, Biden made a mistake by publicly addressing a congresswoman who had passed away the previous month.
Is Jackie present? Jackie where are you? At a conference, Biden addressed the audience and mentioned the late Republican congressman Jackie Walorski, who was a member of the bipartisan team that organized the White House health conference on nutrition.
Biden stated, “I think she was going to be here.”
The oldest president in history, Biden, was unaware that Walorski had died in a vehicle accident in August.
In 2024, the US president is anticipated to run for re-election. If he served a second term, he would be the oldest individual to hold office at the age of 86.
Jonathan Capeheart, the interviewer, recently probed Biden about his own mortality during an interview with US channel MSNBC.
Joe Biden acknowledged that it was reasonable for voters to be worried about his health and that he could “drop dead tomorrow.”
He said: “I could get a disease, I could drop dead tomorrow. I think it’s a legitimate thing to be concerned about, anyone’s age, including mine. I think that’s totally legitimate.”
“But the best way to make a judgment is to, you know, watch me. You know, am I slowing up? Do I not have the same pace? Or, you know, and that old joke, you know – everybody talks about the new, you know, 70s, 50s, you know all that stuff…”
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But asked during an interview with MSNBC to respond to voter concerns that he was too old for a second term, Biden urged voters to judge him on his energy levels rather than his age. He added, “In terms of my energy level, in terms of how much I’m able to do, I think people should look and say — can he still have the same passion for what he’s doing?”
The president encouraged voters to make their own assessment, and if they decided he was not up to the job, “then they should vote against me — not against me, [but] they should encourage me not to go. But that’s not how I feel,” Biden said.
The president has tripped on the stairs of Air Force One multiple times and sustained hairline fractures in his foot while playing with his dog Major, causing him to wear a boot. In June Biden fell off his bike on a morning cycle near his vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, citing his shoes getting caught in the toe cages of his pedals as the reason. “I’m good,” he told the Secret Service agents who rushed to his rescue. CONTINUE READING…