Biden, 81st birthday… White House emphasizes ‘experience’ amid concerns about aging population

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Celebrating my birthday with my family without any celebrations
Public schedule limited to 4 hours per day
There is also a claim that “speech mistakes are due to declining eyesight”

On the 19th, a day before his 81st birthday, U.S. President Joe Biden (right) is serving mashed potatoes and talking to a soldier at a Thanksgiving celebration event at Naval Base Norfolk, Virginia. Norfolk = AP Newsis

There are signs that the controversy over the advanced age of U.S. President Joe Biden, who celebrated his 81st birthday on the 20th, will reignite. President Biden’s side has taken care of his health by avoiding controversy by using ‘senior politicians’ and reducing the public schedule.

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According to the New York Times (NYT) on the 19th, President Biden decided not to hold a separate birthday celebration event due to concerns about raising awareness of his age. Instead, he plans to celebrate his birthday privately with his family during the Thanksgiving holiday on the 24th.

White House Communications Director Ben Loveold avoided answering questions about President Biden’s birthday at the briefing that day, saying, “President Biden has created more than 14 million jobs and strengthened the economy through decades of public service experience and deep relationships with congressional leaders.” “We passed legislation that led to recovery,” he said, emphasizing economy. Attorney John Morgan, a ‘big’ supporter of President Biden, also told Politico, a U.S. political media outlet, on this day, “It is wisdom to support Biden,” adding, “If (93-year-old) Warren Buffett had stopped investing at age 80, he would have recorded record profits over the past 12 years. “You must have missed it,” he said.

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President Biden’s re-election campaign is focusing on prevention to prevent health problems due to aging. According to Bloomberg News, the White House changed the stairs to board the presidential plane, Air Force One, to lower stairs. This is taking into account that President Biden stumbled on the boarding stairs in the past. Additionally, to prevent falls at the event, the White House doctor is conducting a weight training and treadmill program.

The White House is claiming that President Biden’s various speech mistakes are due to his eyesight, not his poor memory. Like former President Donald Trump, people who do not wear glasses in public places are missing the message on the teleprompter containing the speech. Additionally, President Biden’s public schedule was limited to four hours a day from noon to 4 p.m. Official press conferences by reporters, which are customarily held on private planes during overseas trips, are also being replaced with interviews with specific newspapers.

President Biden is expected to mainly use White House public events rather than on-site campaigning for next year’s election campaign. The NYT evaluated it as “a ‘bubble wrap’ strategy that puts him in a bubble for 12 months (until the presidential election) to prevent him from falling.”

Source: Donga

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