US President Joe Biden celebrates his 80th birthday this Sunday (20)

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US President Joe Biden turns 80 this Sunday (20), becoming the first octogenarian to hold the highest office in the country.

The unprecedented milestone reached by Biden’s birthday comes as the president grapples with speculation about whether he will run for re-election and raises questions about whether he is too old to serve another term.

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The president is celebrating his birthday in Washington with a brunch hosted by First Lady Jill Biden, according to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. Members of the Biden family, who are already in town celebrating their granddaughter’s wedding, are expected to attend the White House.

The timing of the wedding, two people familiar with the planning told the CNN it wasn’t a coincidence — bearing in mind that the “age issue” is never something Biden wants to highlight.

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The president has the political momentum in his favor ahead of a possible re-election bid – having managed to retain a Democratic majority in the Senate and thwart the historic political tides of a resounding Republican surge in Congress.

There was also the lukewarm political support that his slightly younger predecessor, Donald Trump, received when he announced his recent decision to run for president in 2024.

But Biden has failed to shake voters’ misgivings about his age, with rhetorical gaffes and literal stumbles at times reinforcing concerns about his health and mental acuity.

Biden would be an unprecedented 86 years old by the end of his second term if he ran and won re-election.

By comparison, some of the oldest living former presidents still had Biden years — Trump stepped down at age 74 and Ronald Reagan stepped down after his two terms at age 77.

The president, in turn, argues that voters concerned about their age should see their record of accomplishments since taking office.

“Well, they’re worried about whether or not I can do something. Look what I’ve already done,” Biden told Jake Tapper of the CNN, in October. “Tell me a president in recent history who did as much as I did in the first two years.”

Biden said last month that while he has not made a formal decision about running for re-election in 2024, it is his “intent” to do so. But he has long said it is a decision he and his family will make together.

And Saturday’s wedding marks something of a kickoff for the Bidens to begin serious discussions about whether their patriarch should seek a second term.

And the president is not the only power in Washington facing pressure to step down. Across Pennsylvania Avenue, Nancy Pelosi, 82, recently announced plans to step down as Speaker of the House, celebrating Democrats ushering in a new generation of leadership.

And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, 80, faced his first challenger to lead the Republican conference in 15 years — although that challenge was unsuccessful.

Source: CNN Brasil

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