President Joe Biden Marks 81st Birthday Amid Heightened Age Concerns for 2024 Election
Joe Biden cracks jokes about age at 81st birthday celebration: ‘I just want you to know, it’s difficult turning 60’
Amid growing concerns about his age and implications for the upcoming 2024 election, President Joe Biden quietly observed his 81st birthday. Eschewing a grand celebration, the president participated in the customary “pardoning” of two turkeys, adhering to the longstanding White House tradition preceding Thanksgiving.
During the turkey ceremony at the White House South Lawn, Biden humorously remarked, “It’s my birthday today… It’s difficult turning 60,” adding a light-hearted tone to the occasion. Acknowledging his status as the oldest president in U.S. history, Biden would reach the age of 86 by the completion of a potential second term if reelected.
While the event lacked a large-scale festivity, Biden mentioned that Steve Lykken, chairman of the National Turkey Federation, and his family sang “Happy Birthday” to him earlier in the White House. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre indicated that the president plans to celebrate with his family in Nantucket, Mass., a customary Thanksgiving destination for the Bidens, indulging in coconut cake—a family favorite.
Despite Biden’s occasional light-hearted references to his age, concerns persist regarding his ability to serve effectively, with polls indicating hesitancy among voters. An October Monmouth University poll revealed 76% of voters expressing doubts about Biden’s suitability for a second term due to his age, compared to 48% for Republican potential candidate Donald Trump, who is 77 years old.