White House feeling ‘trepidation’ over 80th birthday of oldest president ever

Prior to Biden, the oldest man elected president was Ronald Reagan at the age of 69.

By Karl Salzmann, Washington Free Beacon

President Joe Biden will turn 80 on Nov. 20, causing “trepidation in the West Wing” and a plan to downplay the celebration, Politico reported Tuesday.

The president’s allies are worried about “storylines surrounding his age,” which they see as a “sensitive topic,” prompting the White House to try to “downplay the birthday.”

Biden, the oldest person ever elected president, is facing intense criticism over his mental fitness. While giving a speech on Sept. 28, he called out for a congresswoman to stand up. The congresswoman had died two months before.

Just a few days ago, he told his audience, “Let me start off with two words. ‘Made in America.'”

The president, who has appeared disoriented on many occasions, has also “visibly aged since his time as vice president,” Politico noted, leading many Democrats to wonder if Biden is too old for his job.

Biden has said he will run again in 2024. At the end of a second term, he would be 86 years old.

“We haven’t had an 80-year-old president before, but if any lesson emerges from modern history, it is that if a president seems vigorous and well and is doing the job, age has been less of a factor for voters,” said presidential historian Michael Beschloss, Politico reported.

“When a president plans to run for reelection at an age the voters haven’t seen before, history suggests that the burden has been on the candidate to show that age will not be a problem.”

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Speculation about the president’s age has led Democrats to panic about their chances with Vice President Kamala Harris, who is facing accusations of workplace abuse and whose popularity numbers are even lower than Biden’s.

“Kamala Harris can’t win,” one Capitol Hill Democrat told New York magazine.

World Israel News contributed to this report.