Mainstream media outlets are finally starting to report on concerns over President Biden’s age; the POTUS is 79, more than a year older than Ronald Reagan was at the end of two terms. The New York Times said Biden is “testing the boundaries of age and the presidency,” in an article over the weekend.
Team Biden recently delayed a swing through the Middle East so Joe could get some rest.
From The New York Times:
The trip was initially tacked onto another journey last month to Europe, which would have made for an arduous 10-day overseas trek until it became clear to Mr. Biden’s team that such extended travel might be unnecessarily taxing for a 79-year-old president, or “crazy,” as one official put it.
Aides also cited political and diplomatic reasons to reorganize the extra stops as a separate trip weeks later. But the reality is that managing the schedule of the oldest president in American history presents distinct challenges. And as Mr. Biden insists he plans to run for a second term, his age has increasingly become an uncomfortable issue for him, his team and his party.
Although White House officials insist they make no special accommodations the way Reagan’s team did, privately they try to guard Mr. Biden’s weekends in Delaware as much as possible. He is generally a five- or five-and-a-half-day-a-week president, although he is called at any hour regardless of the day as needed. He stays out of public view at night and has taken part in fewer than half as many news conferences or interviews as recent predecessors.
“I do feel it’s inappropriate to seek that office after you’re 80 or in your 80s,” said David Gergen, a top adviser to four presidents. “I have just turned 80 and I have found over the last two or three years I think it would have been unwise for me to try to run any organization. You’re not quite as sharp as you once were.”
Fox News’ Brit Hume shared The Times article on Twitter, saying “[t]he comments from White House aides cited in this article will test your willingness to doubt what your own eyes can plainly see, and your ears can clearly hear. BTW, some of us have been warning about Biden’s senility for years.
The comments from White House aides cited in this article will test your willingness to doubt what your own eyes can plainly see, and your ears can clearly hear. BTW, some of us have been warning about Biden’s senility for years. https://t.co/jFvIGu0AVh
— Brit Hume (@brithume) July 10, 2022
Even CNN’s Brian Stelter shared the article —and the quote from Gergen.
>> @David_Gergen: “I do feel it’s inappropriate to seek that office after you’re 80 or in your 80s. I have just turned 80 and I have found over the last two or three years I think it would have been unwise for me to try to run any organization.” https://t.co/Esmdu9L3kj
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 10, 2022
Last month, during a CNN interview, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the American people should not be discussing the President’s mental and physical health.
“That is not a question that we should be even asking,” Jean-Pierre said. “Oh, my gosh, he’s the president of the United States, you know, he … I can’t even keep up with him.”
She continued: “We just got back from New Mexico, we just got back from California … just look at the work that he does, and look what he’s, how he’s delivering for the American public.”
DON LEMON: “Does the president has the stamina, physically and mentally, do you think to continue on even after 2024?”
KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: “That is not a question that we should be even asking” pic.twitter.com/dUfQil9qKp
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 14, 2022
Continue reading over at The New York Times:
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 10, 2022