Wednesday’s inauguration was noticeable for several historic firsts: Joe Biden has become the oldest U.S. president at 78 years of age – older than Ronald Reagan when he finished his second term.
According to the White House, the average age of presidents upon inauguration is 55 and Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest when he took office after William McKinley’s assassination in 1901 at the age of 42. The youngest elected president in history is John F. Kennedy who was 43 when he was sworn in. Before Biden was elected, President Trump was the oldest elected U.S. president and he was aged 70 at the time of his inauguration. Previously, Reagan was the oldest, aged 69.
Biden’s age has been a controversial topic on the campaign trail and Republicans have claimed he is already experiencing a cognitive decline.
When asked about his age on ABC’s “The View”, Biden agreed that it is a legitimate question. “Hopefully, I can demonstrate that…with age comes wisdom and experience that can make things a lot better. That’s for you all to decide, not for me to decide”, Biden stated.
Of course, Age is not the only consideration. Biden has a significant number of legislative accomplishments – regardless of age. And Biden did all of this in one of the most polarized and partisan atmosphere in the history of the United States.
*Biden has proven to be the Democrat that can lead victories against election deniers and MAGA inspired candidates –
*Biden has defeated Trump in 2020 – he should agree to run until there is not a threat from Trump
*We should judge candidates on their ability to perform and not their age
*Joe Biden has passed historic legislation – we need more progress
*Not running will set off a scramble for the Democratic nomination – destroying party unity
*Democrats are increasingly likely to support a second run by Biden
*A majority of Democrats do not support his desire to run for reelection
*Voters in general do not want a second biden run
*Biden will destroy his legacy of achievement if he runs again
*The Democrats have a “Deep Bench” with many other options
*It is time for a new generation of American leaders
*The Progressive wing of the Democrat party does not want Biden to run for reelection
*With mid term losses Trump is no longer a threat to be President – Biden running is not necessary
Five Lessons from the Midterm exit Polls. A huge 67 percent of all voters don’t want Biden to seek a second term. Just 30 percent do want him to run again. That’s not just a partisan issue. Among those who hope Biden bows out, 31 percent voted for Democrats in the House.