Biden, 80, admits to aides he feels ‘tired’: New book raises more questions about the president’s age ‘depriving him of the energy’
Biden, 80, admits to aides he feels ‘tired’: New book raises more questions about president’s age ‘stripping him of energy’
Joe Biden, 80, admits he often feels “tired” as one of the main concerns of his 2024 reelection campaign remains his age and eligibility for office.
The president often keeps his morning schedule organized, according to an excerpt from the first memoir of Biden’s presidency obtained by The Guardianis a symptom of his old age.
It comes because a poll released this week by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that a whopping 77 percent believe Biden is too old to be effective for another four years.
Author Franklin Foer writes in The Last Politician: Inside Joe Biden’s White House and the Struggle for America’s Future: “His advanced years were a hindrance, depriving him of the energy to exert a robust public presence or the ability to easily call up name.’
“Privately, Biden occasionally admitted to feeling tired,” Foer added.
President Joe Biden, 80, admits he is often ‘tired,’ according to new book about his first 100 days as president
It comes amid a series of falls and verbal blunders that heighten concerns about Biden’s age and whether he will be fit in office for another four years.
In addition to a series of physical setbacks in recent years, Biden’s verbal blunders, mumbles and fumbles are on the rise and becoming more apparent.
According to publisher Penguin Random House, Foer’s book is based on “unparalleled access to the narrow inner circle of advisers who have surrounded Biden for decades.”
Biden’s age has played a central role in both his first term and the feasibility of a second term.
If he won another four years, Biden would be 82 at his second inauguration — breaking another record as the oldest inaugurated president in U.S. history.
“It was striking that he attended so few morning meetings or was in charge of so few public events before 10 a.m.,” Foer writes. “His public persona reflected the physical decline and dulling of mental faculties over time, which no pill or exercise regimen can resist.”
Even the Democrats are concerned about Biden’s increasing age, with the latest AP-NORC poll showing that 69 percent of the president’s own party isn’t confident he can effectively serve another four years beyond his first term. are. Eighty-nine percent of Republicans think so.
The vision in the study applies to all age groups.
Foer describes in other parts of his book that Biden’s age and experience are an essential asset to his presidency, but writes in the same passage with the “tired” admission that he is able to draw on “weather instincts and his robust self-control.” confidence” when dealing with complex issues.
Author Franklin Foer’s book The Last Politician, which will be available to the public next week, is based on “unparalleled access to the narrow inner circle of advisers who have surrounded Biden for decades,” according to publisher Penguin Random House.
A whopping 77% of Americans think Biden is old for a second term — including 69% of Democrats and 89% of Republicans
In the same passage where he reports that Biden admits to being tired, Foer says the president’s “wartime leadership” in supporting Ukraine in its fight against the invading Russian military “drawn on his weathered instincts and his robust self-confidence’. .
About the war in Ukraine, Foer writes that “the benefits of having an older president were visible.”
“He was not just a leader of the coalition, he was the father figure of the West, whom foreign leaders could turn to for advice and to look to for certainty. It was his calming presence and strategic clarity that contributed to the alliance’s aggressive stance, which hampered authoritarianism on the frontline.”
“He was a man for his age,” Foer concludes.
The Last Politician will hit shelves for public consumption next week, but multiple media outlets have obtained a password-protected PDF copy of the book and are publishing excerpts ahead of its release.