Older and Wiser? Joe Biden Sets New Record at 81 While Republicans Question His Age

Older and Wiser Joe Biden Sets New Record at 81 While Republicans Question His Age

At 81, Pres­i­dent Joe Biden now holds the record as the old­est U.S. leader ever. How­ev­er, his age remains a top con­cern for some vot­ers ahead of 2024. Mean­while, Biden stays active with hol­i­day duties at the White House.

On his birth­day Mon­day, Biden host­ed the annu­al Turkey Par­don cer­e­mo­ny. Lat­er, the First Lady wel­comed the Christ­mas tree as the Pres­i­dent often jokes about queries on his aging. “Call me old, I say expe­ri­enced,” Biden said.

While Biden’s doc­tor calls him “fit for duty,” polls show many uneasy over an 86-year-old in a sec­ond term. But Biden brush­es off notions of slow­ing down. Dur­ing busy week­ends, the Bidens also dined with troops and will trav­el Tues­day to Massachusetts.

Biden became the old­est pres­i­dent at 78 in 2021. His poten­tial 2024 chal­lenger, Don­ald Trump, was the pre­vi­ous old­est at 70 in 2017. Now 76, Trump also faces age ques­tions as he eyes anoth­er run.

As Repub­li­cans like Flori­da’s Ron DeSan­tis emerge, age remains Biden’s lone record but also a tar­get for oppo­nents demand­ing a “new gen­er­a­tion” of lead­er­ship. With the hol­i­day sea­son under­way, Joe Biden keeps work­ing while crit­ics repeat­ed­ly raise the age issue.

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