President Biden Turns 81: Too Old for a Second Term?
Summary from AllSides News Team
President Joe Biden turned 81 on Monday, reigniting discussions on his age and ability to potentially serve an additional term.
Trump is Old, Too: A writer in The Atlantic (Left bias) argued that while scrutiny over Biden’s age is “well-deserved,” that same scrutiny should be placed on former President and 2024 GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, who is only four years younger than Biden, stating, “To the extent that old age is an issue for a presidential contender, it should be an issue for both.” The writer determined Trump’s boisterous personality and his attention to the “power of appearances” have led to less criticism over his age, but stated, “The idea that Trump has the stamina for the presidency but Biden does not has little evidence to back it up—and even if he did, that would be no reason to risk another round of his administration.”
“Profound Selfishness”: The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board (Lean Right bias) argued concerns over Biden’s age are “front and center in his re-election bid.” Citing a Politico (Lean Left bias) report stating Biden “will not be able to govern and campaign in the manner of previous incumbents,” the board asked, “If he can’t take the rigors of a presidential campaign, why would voters think he can handle four more years of a grueling job, which might include being shaken awake in the wee hours to respond to a Chinese invasion of Taiwan?” They determine Biden’s reelection bid to be “an act of profound selfishness.”
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