Joe Biden celebrated his 81st birthday by joining the new social media platform Threads and posting a photo of himself smiling next to a giant cake.
Biden, the oldest president in American history, was questioned by experts and polls when he took office in 2021 as to whether he was still fit to lead.
The confirmation of his birthday comes after his communications director ducked and tried to drop a list of his achievements when asked about it.
Biden wrote: “I turned 81 and all I got was a new social media platform! Thank you for your good wishes.
“And to the birthday candle factory workers, I hope your union paid you overtime,” he joked as the cake burst into flames.
President Joe Biden celebrated his 81st birthday by joining the emerging social media platform Threads and posting a photo of himself smiling next to a giant cake
Biden turns 81 and is planning a small Thanksgiving celebration later Monday’s turkey pardon – where he confused Taylor Swift and Britney Spears during his speech.
This comes as his administration implements a “bubble wrap” strategy to prevent falls in public.
The president has been repeatedly asked questions about his fitness for office, with polls and experts saying it is a huge problem with less than a year until the 2024 elections.
Asked by the New York Times to address concerns about his age, the White House deflected and tried to rattle off a list of his accomplishments.
“With President Biden’s decades of experience in public service and deep relationships with congressional leaders, he has passed legislation that has helped create more than 14 million jobs, lower prescription drug costs, invest in American infrastructure and technology, and led to the strongest economic recovery in the nations developed,” said White House Communications Director Ben LaBolt.
However, some of his staff still believe he needs protection and a new strategy has been devised to keep him from falling or getting lost on stage, as has happened on numerous occasions.
President Joe Biden, the oldest commander-in-chief in American history, turns 81 on Monday and his administration appears willing to keep him on a “bubble wrap” strategy to prevent another public appearance
Some have described it as bubble-wrapping the president until November 2024 to ensure he doesn’t trip or fall in public again, as he did at his Air Force Academy commencement in June.
However, other current and former administration officials strongly disagree and have urged him to hit the campaign trail to “show his vigor” and “show off his age rather than ignore it.”
Veteran Democratic strategist Simon Rosenberg belongs to the latter camp, arguing that Biden should hit the nail on the head with his age and experience even more.
“He was successful because of his age, not in spite of it,” Rosenberg said.
“We’re all going to have to come forward with this because it’s true. We cannot run away from the issue of age.
“It will be a major part of the conversation, but we would be making a political mistake if we don’t challenge it more aggressively.”
But John B. Judis, a longtime political strategist and author, suggested that Biden’s age made him look less like president.
“She doesn’t look or talk the part,” Judis said. “He is not a commanding or charming person on the presidential stage or on the presidential election stage.”
Judis praised many of Biden’s legislative accomplishments, including infrastructure and fighting climate change, but said his “public performance” was poor.
President Joe Biden rises after falling during a graduation ceremony at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado in June. He fell while handing out diplomas to cadets
The commander in chief stumbled, fell to the floor, and cadets and the Secret Service rushed to grab his arms as he handed out diplomas in Colorado
“Nothing happened to him,” White House communications director Ben LaBolt later tweeted. “There was a sandbag on stage (visible on the left) as he shook hands.”
“I think many voters, especially young people, who are not at all discouraged by his political position or achievements, are discouraged by his complete failure as a royal figure,” Judis said.
– And I don’t know how to fix it. Not riding a bike. “Biden’s best hope in this regard is that voters will perceive Trump as a bad, even evil, father who wants to destroy the family.”
The consternation over Biden’s age comes at a time when polls have never been worse for the president.
Survey from New York Times earlier this month shows Biden’s pro-Donald Trump trials in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania.
The poll was conducted among 3,662 registered voters in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin from October 22 to November 3. The margin of error for each state is 4.4 to 4.8 percentage points.
According to the poll, Biden only leads in Wisconsin by 2 percentage points, and in the five remaining states he trails Trump by a margin of 4 to 10 percentage points among registered voters.
Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania are the four states where a Democrat defeated then-President Donald Trump in the 2020 White House matchup.
The same poll found that two-thirds of the electorate believe the country is heading in the wrong direction under Biden.
Many people have questioned his fitness to hold office due to his age, and polls and experts suggest this is a huge problem for the president with less than a year left until the 2024 elections
The consternation over Biden’s age comes at a time when polls have never been worse for the president
Just 37 percent of people say they trust Biden on the economy, compared to 59 percent for Trump, one of the biggest gaps on sticking points, the poll found.
Biden’s boasts on “Bidenomics” also failed, with just two percent saying the economy was “excellent” during his term.
According to statistics, young voters under 30 favor Biden by only one percentage point, and men prefer Trump twice as often as women choose Biden.
Voters at all income levels felt that Biden’s policies hurt them personally (18 points unfavorable), while Trump’s policies helped them (17 points unfavorable).
According to the data, Biden’s old age of 80 was also a significant factor. 71 percent of pollsters – across all demographics – said he was “too old.”
By comparison, just 39 percent considered 77-year-old Trump too old.
Voters also preferred Trump to Biden on immigration, national security and present-day Israel Palestine by 12, 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Meanwhile, Biden’s influence with Latino voters has dropped to single digits, and traditionally black Democratic voters now have 22% support for Trump.
A New York Times-Sienna Collage poll shows Biden trailing in five of six key battleground states
Gallup predicted an eight-point loss for President Obama, but he won easily a year later. We will win in 2024 by putting our heads down and doing the job, not worrying about the polls,” Kevin Munoz, a spokesman for the Biden campaign, told The New York Times.
DailyMail.com found that Trump has a one-point lead over Biden in a hypothetical 2024 head-to-head poll of 1,000 voters.
A year before the November 5, 2024 election, Gallup’s Biden approval rating was 37%.
That’s less at the same stage than his six immediate predecessors – Donald Trump, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush and Ronald Reagan.
Only Jimmy Carter, at 32 percent, was less popular than Biden with a year to go, and Carter lost in a landslide.
Biden has raised concerns about his age amid recent gaffes involving appearing confused on how to exit the stage at events and missteps in storytelling.