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Joe Biden: Just Way Too Old To Run in 2024?

Joe Biden
US President Joe Biden. Image Credit: White House Facebook.

Joe Biden is getting older, and some worry about his cognitive capabilities. Should he run again in 2024? Will President Joe Biden run for re-election? The president hasn’t issued any hard word on whether he’ll run or not, but recent indications suggest he will. 

The last we heard from Biden on the subject of re-election was that he was going to take the time to make a “family decision,” adding that “I think everybody wants me to run, but we’re going to have discussions about it.” Biden said that he would sit down with his family during the holiday season, make a decision, and announce his decision “early next year.”

I have a difficult time imagining Biden stepping down. Biden has spent his entire life striving for the presidency – now he’s got it. I just don’t see him giving it up.

I know that’s not very scientific, but it holds. And Biden was recently validated, in a big way, through the midterm elections, where Democrats bucked historic trends and held onto the Senate majority while sustaining relatively minor losses in the House.

I expect Biden will view the midterms as further reason why he should run, i.e., the voters have spoken.

Yet, I do not think Biden should run. He is simply too old. 

Biden turned 80 this fall. Eighty years old. The life expectancy for an American male is only 77. So, Biden has already been playing with house money for three years. He is already the oldest person to ever serve as president.

If Biden runs for re-election, he will have to endure another grueling presidential campaign – his fourth.

Note that aides limited the amount of time that Biden campaigned for Democratic candidates during last month’s midterm election as a tactic to preserve his strength. And bear in mind that the 2024 presidential election is still two years away.

Joe Biden will be 82 when that finally happens. The term wouldn’t end until 2028, at which point Biden would be 86 years old. 

Are we really entertaining this? The pundits all seem too polite to ask, but do we expect Biden to live through a second term? Doing so would require him to outlive the U.S. life expectancy by a full decade. And even if Biden survives a second term, will that be Biden up there?   

My feeling, having tracked examples of Biden speaking throughout his fifty-year career, is that Biden is not as sharp as he used to be. I say that because Biden, clearly, does not articulate himself as well as he used to. Even when using relatively recent examples, like Biden’s tenure as vice president under Barack Obama, Biden was obviously much more articulate.

I’m gonna go ahead and take a leap here and suggest that the decline in Biden’s ability to articulate himself correlates with an overall decline in cognitive function. Take my YouTube-enabled medical/cognitive assessment of Joseph R. Biden with a grain of salt, obviously, but tell me, don’t you have the same impression?

And if Biden is in fact declining, actively, what’s he going to look like in two, three, six years from now?

Would it be appropriate for that version of Joe Biden to be the leader of the free world?

I don’t think so.

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Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden speaking with attendees at the Moving America Forward Forum hosted by United for Infrastructure at the Student Union at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.

President Joe Biden participates and delivers remarks in a roundtable with business and labor leaders on the economy, Friday, November 18, 2022, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Erin Scott)

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Volodymyr Zelensky and Biden. White House Handout.

Joe Biden

President Joe Biden participates and delivers remarks in a roundtable with business and labor leaders on the economy, Friday, November 18, 2022, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Erin Scott)

Harrison Kass is the Senior Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, he joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison holds a BA from Lake Forest College, a JD from the University of Oregon, and an MA from New York University. He lives in Oregon and listens to Dokken.

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Harrison Kass is a Senior Defense Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, he joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison has degrees from Lake Forest College, the University of Oregon School of Law, and New York University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. He lives in Oregon and regularly listens to Dokken.

22 Comments

22 Comments

  1. GhostTomahawk

    December 7, 2022 at 3:35 am

    News Flash Bidens agree has nothing to do with it.

    Hes completely incapacitated and has been since the election cycle started. But really.. he was unfit 40 years ago. A man of low moral character and reprehensible behavior before, now he’s mentally unfit.

    The democrats ran him out there because their stable of candidates was so bad they had to turn to an old rich lying racist to do what he always did best. Lie to Democrat voters and let the media cover for him…. again

    And morons like you Kass bought it. He is unfit and you’re unfit

  2. Scottfs

    December 7, 2022 at 11:07 am

    It is never too old for a puppet to run. Otherwise, Hussein Obama will have to find another senile candidate to use.

    Besides, Dems cheat well enough to elect a pile of dog crap president.

  3. WAM

    January 10, 2023 at 4:54 pm

    Are you serious, If Biden gets lost in his own backyard, Keeps calling his Vice President, President Harris and has to get a little 7 year old girl to lead him off a stage so he can get to an exit door a smart and intelligent person, does anyone think is is a capable leader of the Free World???????

  4. Stephen Berk

    January 10, 2023 at 4:56 pm

    It is a sad state of affairs when Biden is the best the Democrats can do. There are plenty of people in the party who are far more fit to be president than Biden. Largely because of this administration’s war mongering, we now have ourselves up to our eyeballs in a war on the Russian border. No administration has ever gotten us so close to World War Three. Sending billions and billions to Ukraine just to poke our old “adversary” in the eye is without a doubt the worst foreign policy decision I have ever seen or read of in US history. It could very well lapse into a third world war. A great many pundits and students of international affairs are saying that we have now created a situation more dangerous than the Cuban Missile Crisis. It was not at all necessary to do so.

  5. richard ittner

    January 10, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    fifty years in politics and NOTHING to show for it, except he got very rich.

  6. PM

    January 10, 2023 at 5:54 pm

    Biden is delusionary, demented and inept. Shame on who-ever wants to re-elect Mr. Biden for president again. Ya all better take a good hard look at the damage Mr. Biden and his followers have done. The US AMERICANS THE WORKING PEOPLE ARE PAYING FOR ALL OF HIS DECISIONS. STUPID IS STUPID DOES. I am a veteran; I am appalled by this government. It needs to change now, it’s already too late, but at least try to undo and fix all the BS. The government all act like children fighting amongst each other. quit wasting our time and tax dollars.

  7. Ree Bebetu

    January 11, 2023 at 3:11 am

    It is remarkable that vapid minded people think they know so much but speak dribble. Biden came to office on the heels of the pandemic, and he was met at the White House door by the MAGA bunch who, in fact, did not make America great again; but instead, attempted to turn America upside down and destroy the very democratic foundation that this country has stood upon for more than two centuries. Biden is a senior citizen, and he has made some mistakes. But history will be the judge, and history will prove that Biden has done more good for America in his two years in office than many weaker-hearted Presidents could have. I hope he runs in 2024–he has my vote.

  8. Primitivo Marquez

    January 11, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    I think he have been a good president and should run for again we shouldn’t let that unstable Donald Trump get to presidency again he destroyed our country and our allia.nce with other countries our president got back the strongest alliance in the world now .I support our president

  9. Mary Strickland

    January 11, 2023 at 6:26 pm

    Ree Bebetu….
    Ditto!

  10. Cindy

    January 12, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    God no he already doesn’t know where or what he’s saying almost half the tine

  11. Lutricia Feast

    January 13, 2023 at 6:15 pm

    Go for it, President Biden! You have done such an incredible job thus far and I know that you can continue to do so. You are a strong believer in God and as He has carried you this far so I know He’ll lead you on. May your years to come continue to be blessed!

  12. Emmett M. Smith

    January 13, 2023 at 6:28 pm

    God help us if Biden is the best candidate we Democrats have to offer to the Amwerican people next year! The Republicans have only
    Romney who is fit for the job (and they would never nominate him). The USA may follow Russia onto history’s trash heap.

  13. Karen M Holderness

    January 15, 2023 at 10:27 am

    Get real. He can’t even put a sentence together if it isn’t written down on paper for him

  14. Joe

    January 15, 2023 at 10:56 am

    I believe he has done a good job, but I will not vote for him again. I most likely won’t vote for anyone over 62 for any office. It isn’t because they are finished but I personally believe when you are in your 60’s it is time to turn things over to younger generation. To give them the responsibilities to carry things forward. I don’t understand why one would want to be president, senator, house rep. when you are 65, 70 or older unless it is about power and ego. I am sure some people disagree, and that is fine.

  15. Bob Leopardi

    January 15, 2023 at 11:00 am

    We need Trump and Biden to take a serious hike out of the government…they suck…we need youth and not DeSatan…

  16. JJ

    January 16, 2023 at 7:43 am

    I voted for him but he is too old to run again. That being said he had to fix the mess the previous orange turd left for America. We need a young intelligent president that can move forward all the good that Joe Biden has done. And I don’t mean that racist pig Desantis.

  17. John

    January 16, 2023 at 6:51 pm

    Responding to the comment about 50 years in Washington and rich. Well let’s see… I believe that not too long ago that if could be believed; his networth was ~5,000,000. Now that includes contributions by his wife as well. Now take the 50 and divide it into the $5M and you get an income after expenses and taxes of less than $100,000 per year for him and his wife. So how in the world is that an issue of any kind??? I made more than that myself alone and I was nothing more than an Engineer and not a manager of any kind. Maybe we need to stop blowing non-issues out of proportion ….

  18. Joan Kish

    January 17, 2023 at 9:27 pm

    The only thing that should happen to Biden is getting IMPEACHED. All he’s don’t to this country is impeachable.

  19. JOE

    January 17, 2023 at 9:53 pm

    I’M A 90 YEAR OLD VETERAN WHO VOTED FOR BIDEN AND AM PLEASANTLY SURPRISED BY HOW HE IS HANDLING THE BASKET OF SNAKES LEFT FOR HIM BY THEGREATEST CONMAN EVER KNOWN-TRUMP. THE PANDEMIC,THE WAR,INTEREST RATES,INFLATION, THE ECONOMY, A DIVIDED COUNTRY,ILLEGAL IUMMIGRATION.
    BIDEN DIDN’T BLINK AND IS WORKING HARD TO SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS.I’D VOTE FOR HIM AGAIN.

  20. Brett Heller

    January 17, 2023 at 10:24 pm

    #1 Joe Biden is a bigger Crook than Hiliary C.(yes we all know what that C stands for) At least everyone knows to be as big in Business as Mr. Trump there has to be a very gray area and you have to know where the loop holes are at. He is not stupid he left that up to Biden. And Biden is doing a bang up job of being STUPID. He should get an award for ignorance. Maybe him and Hunter can accept their awards at the same time. We could call it a Daddy Son night. A good contest for that night would be Guess who is collecting more from China?? What ever happened to Hiliary yes that C again, with her having a server outside the Government confines but at her personal residence?? She knows very well what she did and did it for personal gain and broke some major Ethical Rules (Oh wait She nor Bidens group have absolutely no moral compass) At least at the very least The Honorable Mr. Donald Trump knows where to draw the line. I was under the assumption that he personally did not collect a Salary as President. True or not I am sure that is an American 1st. There he paid all his taxes right there. Clear the FBI every one there is corrupt, Get rid of the CIA and start over. And stop the don’t ask don’t tell crap in the military. Especially in the Marine Corps. When I was in ask and tell was the rule. And it did not even need to be asked we all knew. Jump in the shower with 82 Male Marines in top physical shape and just watch who rose to the occasion. Also watch and see who did not have their soap on a rope Dead give away. That way you could tell who was the Bull and who was the Cow. The Marines do not care they will tear them up with a little Blanket party. Been there done that. OK onwards and upwards (or downwards (like in Hell) it all depends on how you look at congress and the House of Reps. Term limits, Term limits, TERM LIMITS! I could name many (Pelosi) I will not say the honorable because she has no Honor Much like most of them. 4 years all around just like the President. I have all the respect in the world for the office of The President of the United States Of America. That does not in any way have anything to do with the person in that office. It should Br Trey Gowdy (President) and Jason Chaves (Vice president) or in reverse. Those 2 people are the absolute best fit for those 2 offices mostly because they are not afraid to make people accountable for what they do. Senior people have been torn apart by these 2 Reps. I do Love my President Donald Trump. But even he has to have a Vice president and the one he had was a spineless POS. Trey and Jason wont put up with what we see every day. Gun control for instance. Argument over with. The whole reason for the 2nd amendment is not just so we can see who swings the biggest stick. It is to take over a tyrannical Government and if we are not there right now we are in over our heads in that big “S” word. It is going to take something very close to a Civil shooting War to get this country back in the peoples hands. Since when do the people that work for someone make a ton more money than the people they work for??? Really??? Plus all the shady sideline Crap that 85% of them are doing. INCLUDING OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT AND HIS ENTIRE FAMILY. Get used to it folks China is in the process along with Russia and many more Countries are taking over our Country. I signed a Contract in 1984 when I joined the United States Marine Corps. I raised my right hand and swore an Oath with NO EXPIRATION DATE ON IT. So Americans this is time for the call to take care of the Domestic terrorist in our Congress our House of Representatives and By GOD in our White House. I know I am Preaching to the choir but come on people lets roll. Do i need to start it??? Well lets get a plan immediately and Roll with it. It needs to be Veterans, Common Folks, Blach, White, Yellow, Red, Orange. WE THE PEOPLE (AMERICANS) not Afro American, Mexican Americans, American Indians, Japanese American, Chinese Americans (We are AMERICANS) To HELL with Color Creed (with the exception of that Rainbow Group LBTQLMNOP or what ever they call themselves these days) God in the bible says that crap aint right and I second that. Dont like my opinion of them then stop reading my post. Stop and think for just a second and visualize what 2 men do in the scope of their sexual orientation. That should make you want to Vomit. My God I do not care who you are you have to be able to see that isn’t right. What is wrong with people that approve of such acts. Male or female. I may have done things that may get me sent to Hell but it sure dont have to do with any of that. And I have been forgiven for the things I have done. (NO I AM NOT CATHOLIC either. There is no Priest between me and God I talk with him several times a day (yes to ask forgiveness for some stupid thing I have done and to ask for guidance going forward. No one needs a Priest or even a Pope to sprinkle jack crap on me and say that God forgives me. Is all I have to do is ask for forgiveness. Not certain what Bible they are using but I can say it is not correct. I do not hate anyone. I dislike a ton of people but God can bring us all to the right place at the right time and I believe now is that time.

  21. Juan

    January 18, 2023 at 6:27 pm

    It sure didn’t take much of an opponent beat loser Trump. Biden didn’t even need to campaign. What a joke Trump turned out to be! Any decent candidate could have beaten Biden.

  22. The T

    January 25, 2023 at 6:03 pm

    Stakes are so high; some would say the very existence or continuation of the American experiment hinges on the selection of our leaders. If I could pick three major premises to make selections for leaders. 1: Do not rely on what the mainstream media tells you about nominee. 2: Look at their voting record on any or subject matter or issue you support.3: Consider age, how much time they have been in Washington, who is donating to their nomination, and if they are being re-elected did, they follow thru with previous campaign promises.

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