On Sunday, President Joe Biden will turn 80 years old. He is the first octogenarian ever to hold the highest office in the United States.
Biden’s unique birthday marks a moment when the president is facing speculation about his ability to run for reelection and raises questions about his age.
According to Karine Jean-Pierre, White House press secretary, the president celebrated his birthday with a brunch hosted in Washington by Jill Biden. Jill Biden tweeted the photo showing him blowing out candles on top of coconut cakes, with balloons in the background.
She wrote, “A perfect birthday celebration filled full of so much love – Joe’s favorite coconut cakes!”
Biden’s relatives were already in town to celebrate his granddaughter’s wedding at The White House on Saturday. They attended the brunch.
Two people familiar with wedding planning said that the timing of the event was not accidental. Biden never wants to emphasize the “age issue”.
He has political momentum ahead of his potential reelection bid. This is because he was able to keep a Democratic majority in the Senate and defy the historic political trends of a strong Republican wave in Congress. His slightly older predecessor, Donald Trump received lukewarm support when he announced that he would run for president in 2024.
However, Biden has not been capable of easing voters’ concerns about his age. His rhetorical gaffes as well as literal stumbles have at times reinforced their doubts about his mental and physical health.
If he ran and won his second term, Biden would have reached an unheard-of 86 years. Comparatively, the longest-lived presidents of the past had many years on Biden. Trump was 74 years old when he left office and Ronald Reagan was 77 after completing his two terms.
For his part, the president maintains that his accomplishments from his time in office should be seen by voters who are concerned about his age.
“They’re worried about my ability to get anything done. “Look at what I have accomplished,” Biden stated. “Name me a president who’s accomplished as much in the past two years as I have.”
Biden stated last month that he is not yet ready to decide on whether he will run for reelection in 2024. He has long maintained that he and his family will make the decision together. The tight-knit Bidens will use Saturday’s wedding as a way to start serious discussions about whether their patriarch should run for a second term.
The president isn’t the only Washington power facing pressure to give in. Nancy Pelosi (82), announced her plans to resign as House Speaker. This was a celebration of Democrats ushering in a new era of leadership. The 80-year-old Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell faced his first challenge to the Republican conference’s leadership in 15 years. However, that challenge was unsuccessful.