President Biden spent a quiet Saturday at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, as he celebrated his 79th birthday – and set a record, again, as the longest-serving president of the United States.
But with half of all registered voters expressing concern over Biden’s physical and mental form, speculation that he might not stand for re-election is mounting.
“I find it unlikely that at the age of 82, Democrats are proposing him for a second term,” Republican strategist Karl Rove told The Post. “Particularly given his whereabouts as he nears the end of his first year in office.”
The RealClear Politics poll average puts Biden’s approval rating at just 41%, with 53% disapproval, reflecting voters’ dismay at his handling of the economy and the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, a Politico / Morning Consult poll this week found that 48% of Americans believe Biden is mentally unfit for his job, with just 40% saying he is in good physical health.
âWhen you watch Biden, you get the feeling that he’s just missing a beat, that he’s not what he once was,â GOP pollster Neil Newhouse told Politico. âThe voters are grabbing it.
Biden was two months past his 78th birthday when he was sworn in in January, breaking the record previously held by Ronald Reagan, who was 77 years and 349 days old when George HW Bush succeeded him in 1989.
Both have several years on the country’s next oldest presidents: Donald Trump, 74 when he stepped down; Dwight D. Eisenhower, 70; and Andrew Jackson, 69 when he left the White House in 1837, according to History.com.
And while Biden’s doctor released a six-page report on Friday attesting that the president is “fit to successfully perform the duties” of his job – despite a stiff gait caused by arthritis of the spine and a nagging cough. – voters’ feelings about his health could become a handicap for the Democratic Party.
“We could see a wide range of contenders for the nomination” if Biden’s “senior moments” worsen, political scientist Paul Quirk told Newsweek on Saturday.