Joe Biden is old. The former vice president and current Democratic frontrunner would be 78 by the time he assumed office if elected next fall, making him the oldest first-term president ever by a remarkable eight years. (President Trump currently holds that title, having been sworn in at 70, one year older than former President Ronald Reagan was when he took office and 15 years past the median inaugural age of 55.) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), presently Biden’s most popular challenger, is even older. He’d be 79 in January of 2021.

We all know these people are old. Surely, they know we know they’re old. So why not own it?

“I think [voters are] gonna judge me on my vitality,” Biden said on CBS last year. “Can I still run up the steps of Air Force Two? Am I still in good shape? Do I have all my faculties? Am I energetic? I think it’s totally legitimate people ask those questions.” Sanders likewise conceded to Politico that his age is “part of a discussion, but it has to be part of an overall view of what somebody is and what somebody has accomplished,” as well as “the overall health …read more

Source:: The Week – Politics


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