Is Joe Biden too Old to be President? At age 80, first-termer Joe Biden is almost two years older than Ronald Reagan was when he left office in 1989 after two terms.
Is Joe Biden just too old to be president?
Many sure feel that way.
Joe Biden and His Age: Should America Be Worried?
Former White House physician-turned-congressman, Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, has repeatedly questioned Biden’s fitness for his office due to his age and mental acuity.
“The American people … deserve full transparency on the mental capabilities of their highest elected leader,” Jackson wrote on his Twitter account in July 2021.
Jackson later told Fox News that same month: “I’ve been saying that it’s only going to get worse … “And guess what? We’re watching that happen right before our eyes right now.”
Biden suffered from two aneurysms in 1988 at age 45 that required surgery. Another former physician who cared for former President Barack Obama told The Washington Examiner, Dr. David Scheiner, recalled the aneurysms and said it could have implications for the president’s health as he ages further.
“When you do work on the brain, there’s always a little damage done,” Scheiner said. “It worries me that he is aging. If I look at him, he’s not a young 80.”
Scheiner continued, noting how the president walks: “The gait is not an insignificant factor,” claiming this provides “a peek into the whole physical, mental capability of a person.”
Problems with Biden’s gait appeared in his physical examinations, although it was determined to have been mostly due to his having broken his foot chasing his dog “Major” in late 2020. A “mild peripheral neuropathy” also was noted in the president’s 2021 physical and again in his 2023 physical.
White House Physician Kevin C. O’Connor noted that Biden’s most recent physical found “no findings which would be consistent with any cerebellar or central neurological disorder, such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s or ascending lateral sclerosis.”
“America is not past our prime, it’s just that our politicians are past theirs,” Haley said, saying that politicians over the age of 75 needed “mandatory mental competency tests.”
What America Thinks
Seven in 10 voters agree with Haley when it comes to Biden’s age. A Yahoo! News/YouGov poll of 1,516 U.S. adults from earlier in the year found that 68% of voters believe that Biden is too old for another term. And 48% of Democrats agree that Biden is too old, while 34% said they didn’t think so. Among Republicans, 85% said Biden was too old, while only 32% agreed with Haley that Trump was too old for another term as president.
And 71% of Independent voters stated when told that Joe Biden would be 82 at the start of a second term that he would be too old for another four years. That compared with 48% of Independents who said the same about Trump who would be 78 in 2025.
“An objective look at both candidates makes two things clear,” Thomas Gift, founding director of the Centre on U.S. Politics, University College London, U.K. told Newsweek. “One, Trump’s not exactly the specimen of perfect health—far from it—but he’s vigorous; and two, questions about Biden’s sharpness—both mental and physical—aren’t just a Fox News hit job.
Gift continued: “That’s nothing against Biden, and maybe he can maintain his White House duties for another four years. But it’s clear that age has taken a toll.”