In a recent statement made during a fundraising event at a Broadway theatre in New York, President Joe Biden, the oldest president in U.S. history, acknowledged the focus on his age but strongly emphasized his commitment to re-election, citing the need to protect American democracy from what he perceives as threats posed by Donald Trump and his supporters.
During the event, the 80-year-old President discussed his age-related concerns, stating, “A lot of people seem focused on my age. I get it, believe me, I know it more than anyone.” President Biden went on to assert that his extensive experience equipped him to handle crises such as the situation in Ukraine and the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He underlined the importance of the 2024 election, asserting that “democracy is on the ballot once again,” and he accused Donald Trump and his followers, often associated with the “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) movement, of being determined to undermine American democracy. President Biden expressed his unwavering commitment to not “bow down” to “dictators” and criticized Trump for his alleged rapport with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Opinion polls indicate that American voters have concerns about President Biden’s age, especially as he gears up for a potential rematch against Donald Trump, whom he defeated in the 2020 election.
David Ignatius, a prominent columnist for The Washington Post, recently sparked debate by advising President Biden not to seek re-election, suggesting that doing so could risk undermining his legacy for defeating Trump.
As President Biden attends the UN General Assembly in New York this week, the issue of his age remains a focal point of discussion, particularly among his Republican opponents who continually target this aspect of his candidacy. In contrast, former President Trump, who is 77 years old himself and could become the oldest president ever elected if he wins in the next election, commented in a recent interview that President Biden was “not too old” but labeled him as “incompetent.”