Biden celebrates 80th birthday with low-key family brunch


Joe Biden’s 80th birthday is not celebrated with great fanfare. He can barely bring himself to say his new age out loud.

For the first time ever, an 80-year-old person is contesting the presidency of the United States.

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, turns 80 on Sunday.

And even though it is a round birthday, there are no plans for a big celebration in the White House.

According to The Washington Post, the first lady, Jill Biden, will hold a birthday brunch for the president’s family.

The Biden family is already gathered in Washington, as one of Biden’s grandchildren, Naomi Biden, was married on Saturday at a ceremony in the White House.

The president himself jokes about his advanced age.

– I can’t even say how old I am. I can’t even get it out of my mouth, he said in an interview with MSNBC, according to the AFP news agency.

Biden’s age has been debated time and time again, and this birthday is no exception.

According to The Washington Post, there is no desire from people around the president to make this round of birthdays a big celebration.

Especially at a time when there is a lot of talk about whether Biden should run for another term as president.

If he does and wins, he will be 82 when he is installed for a second term. When the four-year presidential term is over, he will be 86 years old.

After an extensive medical check-up last November, the doctors announced that Biden has few minor illnesses and concluded that the president is “fit for duty”, writes AFP.

The slender president neither smokes nor drinks, he is physically active and has had no serious health problems since he was operated on in 1988 for two life-threatening aneurysms in the brain.

A 2020 University of Illinois study touted Biden as a so-called “super ager.” The term covers people who, for socio-economic, genetic and lifestyle-related reasons, live longer than average.

The researchers gave him a theoretical life expectancy of 97 years.

But even though Biden is healthy for his age, he can’t hide it. His hair has become thinner and his gait stiffer.

The president’s cognitive abilities are also a recurring topic in the political debate in the United States.

This was highlighted, among other things, at an event at the end of September, where the president asked from the stage for congressman Jackie Walorski.

The only problem was that Jackie Walorski had lost her life in a traffic accident more than a month before.

When the president forgets something, appears confused or stumbles over his words, it’s something his political opponents notice and use to make fun of him.

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