President Joe Biden, the oldest sitting president in US history, turned 81 on Monday, celebrating his birthday amid a flurry of holiday events at the White House.
While the nation mourns the recent loss of former first lady Rosalynn Carter, the Bidens continue to uphold cherished traditions, including the National Thanksgiving Turkey pardon and the arrival of the official White House Christmas tree.
Age concerns loom as 2024 election approaches
As President Biden reaches this historic age, concerns about his fitness for a potential second term have become a focal point for some voters.
A February poll revealed that a majority of voters express reservations about Biden's age, with the prospect of him being 86 at the end of a hypothetical second term. Despite reassurances from his physician earlier this year, the topic persists in political discourse.
Biden addresses age questions with humor
In April, President Biden addressed questions about his age with humor at the 2023 White House Correspondents' Dinner. Brushing off concerns, he quipped, "Call me old, I call it being seasoned. You say I'm ancient, I say I'm wise."
The president's efforts to maintain an active lifestyle, including bike rides and Peloton use, are highlighted as he navigates questions surrounding his age.
As the 2024 election looms, age emerges as a persistent topic. Critics, including former President Donald Trump, seize opportunities to raise doubts about Biden's capabilities, labeling him "a stupid person."
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also comments on the age factor, suggesting that both Biden and Trump face challenges due to their advanced years. Biden's advisors argue that a double standard exists in media coverage, emphasizing that voters prioritize accomplishments over age.
Campaigns navigate age sensitivities
Both Biden and Trump navigate the question of age delicately. While Trump refrains from directly attacking Biden's age, he emphasizes incompetence. Biden's campaign aims to shift the focus to his winning record, asserting that voters prioritize accomplishments over age-related concerns. Despite the ongoing discussion, aides reveal plans to commemorate Biden's birthday on social media, with supporters encouraged to sign a virtual birthday card.
Biden's birthday passes with little fanfare
President Biden's 81st birthday is set to pass with modest celebrations, including the annual turkey pardon and briefings from national security advisers.
Despite the age-related speculations, Democratic officials emphasize that the campaign should focus on accomplishments rather than personal details. The Democratic National Committee and Congressional Campaign Committee commemorate the occasion with social media posts and a virtual birthday card.