WASHINGTON – As President Joe Biden celebrated his 81st birthday, concerns about his age continue to loom over his potential campaign for reelection in 2024. Despite being the oldest president in U.S. history, Biden remains confident in his ability to serve a second term if reelected.
The day of his birthday was not marked by a large celebration but rather by the traditional White House event of “pardoning” two turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving. During the ceremony, Biden humorously remarked on the challenges of turning 81, highlighting his ability to make light of his age despite it being one of his biggest election liabilities according to numerous polls.
One poll found that 76% of voters believe Biden is too old to effectively serve a second term, while another revealed he is trailing in a hypothetical rematch against Donald Trump with voters ages 18 to 34. These concerns surrounding his age have even prompted a Democratic primary challenge from Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., who advocates for a new generation of Democratic leadership in the White House.
Republicans have also openly questioned whether Biden would be able to finish a second term if reelected, warning voters that a vote for Biden is essentially a vote for Vice President Kamala Harris as president. Despite the skepticism surrounding his age, Biden has consistently maintained his confidence in his ability to serve effectively, showing no signs of backing down from the difficult questions raised about his age.
As concerns about his age persist, Biden’s potential campaign for reelection in 2024 continues to be a topic of discussion and skepticism, with many wondering if he can overcome the challenges that come with being the oldest president in U.S. history.