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.