Biden Turns 81 Amid Mounting Questions About His Age in 2024 Race

Emel Akan
By Emel Akan
November 20, 20232024 Election

WASHINGTON–President Joe Biden is celebrating his 81st birthday on Monday as worries continue to grow about his age. The president spent his birthday pardoning two turkeys called Liberty and Bell, carrying out an annual Thanksgiving tradition at the White House.

“And by the way, it’s my birthday today,” President Biden announced during the turkey pardoning ceremony on the South Lawn. “I just want you to know it’s difficult turning 60,” he joked.

He is the oldest president in American history, and if he is reelected, he will begin his second term at the age of 82.

According to the White House, the President will spend his birthday with his family in Nantucket later this week, and will have coconut cake, as is customary.

While President Biden is optimistic about his reelection chances, numerous polls have shown that his age is a concern for the majority of Americans.

“Our perspective is that it’s not about age; it’s about the president’s experience,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said during a press conference on Monday in response to questions about her boss’s age.

When pressed about the president’s dismal approval ratings, she stated, “We’re not going to change the minds of Americans. I get that, Americans are going to feel how they feel. And we’re going to respect that.”

According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, 74 percent of Americans said the president was too old to run for another term. If the 2024 presidential election were held now, the same poll showed that former President Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunner, would win by a margin of 52–42 percent among registered voters.

And more than 3 in 5 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents said they would prefer a nominee other than President Biden.

Another poll by NBC News released in September found that nearly 74 percent of respondents were concerned about the president’s mental and physical health and that he was not fit for a second term—a 6-point jump in just three months.

In addition, independent voters gave President Biden a dismal 36 percent approval rating.

Numerous polls also found that the majority of Americans are unhappy with his handling of the economy.

According to the September USA Today poll, voters trust President Trump more than President Biden to fix the economy, by a 47 percent to 36 percent margin. According to the same poll, the spread among independent voters was 46 percent to 26 percent in President Trump’s favor.

Meanwhile, an increasing number of prominent Democrats are urging President Biden to withdraw from the 2024 race, citing his continued slide in polls and domestic and international challenges.

For example, David Axelrod, the political consultant and strategist who helped launch President Biden onto the national stage in 2008, has called for him to step aside in the aftermath of the New York Times and Siena College polls.

The polls showed President Biden down in several key swing states and leading in Wisconsin by only a slim two percentage point lead over his rival, President Trump.

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President Joe Biden stands next to Liberty, one of the two national Thanksgiving turkeys, after pardoning them during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House on Nov. 20, 2023. (Andrew Harnik/AP Photo)

“Only @JoeBiden can make this decision. If he continues to run, he will be the nominee of the Democratic Party. What he needs to decide is whether that is wise; whether it’s in HIS best interest or the country’s?” Mr. Axelrod wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, in early November.

The polling data showed that President Biden was trailing President Trump in Georgia by 6 percentage points, in Pennsylvania by 4 points, in Michigan by 5 points, in Nevada by 11, and in Arizona by 6.

In addition, his approval rating was 37 percent in the polls, worse than President Trump had in his bid for reelection. Many have compared his situation to that of President Jimmy Carter in the 1970s.

Several other political figures have also called for President Biden to drop out of the race. They include former Democrat presidential candidate Andrew Yang and former Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan (D).

Samantha Flom and Thomas Manning contributed to this report.

From The Epoch Times

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