Joe Biden’s campaign wants the world to think his age doesn’t matter; however, even The New York Times no longer avoids discussing his age.
“I see him every day,” Vice President Kamala Harris told The Associated Press in an interview in Indonesia. “A substantial amount of time we spend together is in the Oval Office, where I see his ability to understand issues and weave through complex issues in a way that no one else can to make smart and important decisions on behalf of the American people have played out.”
New York Times Podcast Asks If Biden is Too Old
Biden’s lack of visible mental acuity was front and center in its Matter of Opinion podcast.
“Is it that people really think that he is not up to the job physically?” the podcast asked.
The panelist contended that Americans wanted a departure from a “complete lunatic” like Donald Trump. “Four years in this job ages everybody,” they said. “Whether you start out young like Bill Clinton or you already have a jump on maturity; you are going to come out of that first term worn down.”
Biden is visibly slower in his speech patterns at 80 than he was on the campaign trail in 2008 when he was 65.
Biden Appears Frail
The Joe Biden of today appears frail and weak in comparison with his younger self. Since becoming president in January 2021, Biden has had three major public falls. The first time he fell in March 2021 while climbing the stairs to Air Force One. In June 2022, Biden fell off his bike while he was stopping to talk to reporters. Then this past June Biden fell during the Air Force Academy’s commencement address.
Biden continuously has appeared dazed and confused since becoming president. During his state visit to the United Kingdom in July Biden appeared visibly confused to the point that Britain’s King Charles III appeared to have to guide him to where he was supposed to be.
Then during Biden’s state visit to Ireland in April, he appeared dazed and his son Hunter seemed to coax him where to go.
The Times noted based on interviews with Democratic lawmakers and donors that Biden “seems super old and super slow.”
“In some ways, they don’t even look forward to spending time with the president,” the Times said, noting that Biden’s dullness in the minds of Democratic lawmakers and donors leads it to wonder if the voters can be blamed for not being excited.
“It’s really striking that you don’t have from prominent Democrats that he’s so much better in small groups,” the Times said.
Polls: Biden is Too Old to Be President
Recent polling shows that Americans overwhelmingly think that Joe Biden is too old for another term. Seventy-four percent of voters said in a recent ABC News poll that Biden is too old, up six points from May. Among Democrats, 56% said in a CNN poll they are seriously concerned about Biden’s age.
Democrats have striven to deflect by pointing to Donald Trump’s age and his recent gaffe about Biden getting America into “World War II.”
In contrast with the past in which Republicans got the blame for shutting down the government, voters are blaming Biden this time with 40% blaming him and 33% blaming Republicans in Congress.
“I think the Democrats problem of Biden being president again is eclipsed by the problem of him running for president again,” the Times said.
With polling showing that Biden trails Trump in the latest Real Clear Politics Average despite his predecessor’s multiple indictments and the finding that he committed business fraud in New York, it causes one to wonder how long it will be before Democrats push him out to pasture. Trump’s competitiveness shows just how weak Biden is.
John Rossomando is a defense and counterterrorism analyst and served as Senior Analyst for Counterterrorism at The Investigative Project on Terrorism for eight years. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as The American Thinker, The National Interest, National Review Online, Daily Wire, Red Alert Politics, CNSNews.com, The Daily Caller, Human Events, Newsmax, The American Spectator, TownHall.com, and Crisis Magazine. He also served as senior managing editor of The Bulletin, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in Philadelphia, and received the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors first-place award for his reporting. He writes opinion columns from a conservative perspective.