Joe Biden turns 80, discreetly

It’s the first time a sitting American president has turned 80, but Joe Biden, whose age is debated as he plans to seek re-election, didn’t particularly mark the occasion on Sunday.

It took his wife Jill Biden until mid-afternoon to post an affectionate message, with two photos of the couple dancing in tuxedos and gala dresses. “I wouldn’t want to dance with anyone else. Happy birthday Joe! I love you,” the First Lady tweeted.

No public events planned by the White House

This is the only publication from the White House, which did not plan any public events for Sunday and did not specifically state how, or even if, the president would celebrate his birthday.

However, on Saturday the president had celebrated another important family milestone at the White House: the wedding of his niece Naomi, which was closed to the press.

It’s also with the family that the Democrat plans to discuss his eventual 2024 presidential bid. So far, he reiterates that he “intends” to begin, and has promised to go public with his decision early next year. .

A majority of Americans opposed his representation

According to various polls, the majority of Americans reject the idea of ​​a new candidacy. If Joe Biden is not an exception in the American political landscape, where it is not uncommon to come across influential personalities who have happily passed the age of 70 or even 75, the midterm elections nonetheless marked the beginning of a generation change in party of him.

The very influential Nancy Pelosi, 82, for example, gave up on Thursday her candidacy for the position of Democratic leader in the House of Representatives. The president of the United States underwent a thorough medical check-up about a year ago, concluding that he was “vigorous” and “in good health”.

But Joe Biden bears, like other presidents before him, the marks of a grueling office. It is now difficult to forget his age, betrayed by his more rigid gait and certain moments of confusion.

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