Biden turns 81 as worries about his age weigh on re-election prospects

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U.S. President Joe Biden looks on, arsenic helium meets with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (not pictured) connected the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) acme successful San Francisco, California, U.S. November 17, 2023.

Kevin Lamarque | Reuters

U.S. President Joe Biden turns 81 connected Monday, a milestone apt to gully attraction to his presumption arsenic the oldest idiosyncratic to ever inhabit the Oval Office, with sentiment polls showing Americans disquieted helium is excessively aged for the station helium is seeking reelection to.

Biden has addressed those who interest that helium is excessively aged for the rigors of the White House with wit and an effort to person voters that his property and acquisition implicit a half-century successful nationalist beingness is an plus successful tackling America's problems.

"I cognize I'm 198 years old," Biden joked backmost successful June.

If re-elected, Biden would beryllium 86 by the extremity of his 2nd word successful office. Republican Ronald Reagan, who had the anterior grounds arsenic oldest U.S. president, ended his 2nd four-year word astatine property 77 successful 1989.

Trump, the frontrunner for the Republican information to situation Biden successful the 2024 election, is 77.

In a mid-September Reuters/Ipsos poll, voters expressed interest implicit Biden's property and his fittingness for office. Seventy-seven percent of respondents, including 65% of Democrats, said Biden is excessively aged to beryllium president, portion conscionable 39% said Biden was mentally crisp capable for the presidency.

By comparison, 56% of canvass respondents said Trump is excessively aged for the office, portion 54% said helium was mentally crisp capable to grip the challenges of the presidency.