Biden Skipping Birthday Party to Avoid Focus on Age
President Joe Biden is skipping major birthday plans to avoid focus on his age, according to a New York Times journalist.
Reporter Peter Baker shared his thoughts on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports" on Monday as Biden marked his 81st birthday.
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You’re not going to see a big lavish celebration the way Barack Obama celebrated his 50th birthday in office or Bill Clinton celebrated his birthdays in office with fundraisers and concerts and all that," Baker said. "You’re going to see basically almost nothing."
"I mean, he’s not going to do anything in public about it today, doesn’t want to call attention to it," he added.
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"Biden's age is something that's top of mind for some voters heading into the 2024 election," People reported.
"A poll conducted in February showed that a majority of voters have concerns about his age as his reelection campaign ramps up, given that he would be 86 at the end of a potential second term," it added.
The birthday celebration also came as the nation mourns the passing of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, the wife of former President Jimmy Carter, at the age of 96. Biden released a statement in response shortly after her death was announced.
Instead of a major birthday party, Biden stuck with the tradition of welcoming the White House Christmas tree and the pardoning of turkeys before heading out of town for the holiday week.
The president's birthday is also a reminder of the health-related concerns noted during Biden's presidency, with many concerned over his ability to lead both now and in a potential second term.
The lack of a birthday party appears to serve as an attempt to downplay his age, instead emphasizing other holiday traditions for Thanksgiving week.