Joe Biden turned 81 on Monday, making him the oldest president in U.S. history, and a lot of people keep wondering if he will be able to handle another four years in the White House.
🚨REPORTER: “Democrat donors tell us that they don’t like the Joe Biden falls over all the time, can’t speak English and has dementia. Can you reassure them?”
Kamala Harris: “I can assure you that Joe Biden is very much ALIVE…”
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) October 30, 2023
Biden’s camp has been unable to counter criticisms of his age and he hasn’t helped his cause with the gaffes he makes almost every time he speaks in public and his numerous falls.
Joe Biden almost falls twice going up the stairs today. Don’t worry, guys, he’s totally got the double wars in Europe and the Middle East covered. pic.twitter.com/4cDVV9y1ml
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) October 13, 2023
From Fox News:
People close to President Biden have reportedly pushed for him to replace formal shoes with more comfortable ones, as well as walk shorter distances on camera, as some Democrats question the Biden campaign’s plan to deal with the president’s age.
“People close to the president have discussed having him walk shorter distances while on camera. They’ve also advocated, at times, trading in formal shoes for more comfortable ones — both to make his stride seem less stiff, but also to reduce the risk of falls,” Politico reported.
🚨 BREAKING: Joe Biden almost falls down the stairs hours after Axios publishes the piece “Biden team's don't-let-him-trip mission” pic.twitter.com/f4hbeoFSGR
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) September 26, 2023
Democratic strategists and donors are reportedly frustrated over the Biden campaign’s handling of the age issue. Some have suggested they haven’t done enough to calm the concerns with the public; Biden turned 81 on Monday and is the oldest U.S. president in history.
— Patrick Henningsen (@21WIRE) August 23, 2023
“Many donors are directly urging top campaign aides to go on offense, leaning even harder into Biden’s age as proof of his wisdom in turbulent times. They are pushing for more humor about ‘Grandpa Joe,’” Politico reported.
Joe Biden spent his 81st birthday pardoning turkeys. He told a few jokes throughout the short ceremony. But let’s just say they were, like the cooked variety, relatively dry. https://t.co/iedLTrrcvk pic.twitter.com/aqco4hqr5n
— POLITICO (@politico) November 20, 2023
“Neither are going to get any younger on their next birthdays, but yet Biden seems to get, on a continuing basis, knocked for his age while Trump does not,” Alan Kessler, a Democratic donor, told the outlet, suggesting not enough was being done to point out 77-year-old Donald Trump’s age. “No one brings up the age thing with [Trump]. That double standard is troubling.”
Others, like Biden fundraiser Alan Kessler, pointed to his chief rival and presumptive 2024 Republican nominee Donald Trump who is 77 years old but receives far less criticism for his age.
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) November 20, 2023
Politico reported that in addition to those closest to him, members of his family were also worried about the age issue.
“Those close allies believe that Biden is mentally up for the job, but some acknowledge that the president can at times appear frail, according to two people involved in the conversations but not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations,” the outlet reported.