As President Joe Biden commemorates his 81st birthday, conversations about his age resurface, fueling concerns among voters as the 2024 election looms. The potential for campaign-altering mishaps or verbal blunders has become a focal point, given Biden's past speech-related errors seized upon by his adversaries. Notably, public incidents, including two falls—one during the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation ceremony—have heightened these worries.
According to the New York Times, suggestions from current and former Biden administration officials propose a "bubble wrap" strategy aimed at safeguarding the president from slips, trips, or falls. This metaphorical bubble wrap entails taking extensive precautions to prevent any mishaps. Measures taken include the president donning sneakers more frequently, utilizing the lower deck staircase when boarding Air Force One, and engaging in balance-improving exercises with a physical therapist.
Biden's birthday reminds voters 'bubble wrap' plan to protect him is in full swing https://t.co/buQ6CFlKeI
— Julia Johnson (@juliaajohnson_) November 20, 2023
While the White House seeks to downplay concerns about Biden's age affecting his performance, opting to present it as an asset showcasing experience, skepticism persists among strategists and voters. Critics argue that Biden lacks the commanding and charming presence expected of a leader on the presidential stage, raising doubts about his ability to connect with the public, particularly younger voters.
As the 2024 election approaches, questions surrounding age, mental sharpness, and physical fitness continue to be pivotal issues. Despite anxieties among Americans regarding these aspects of Biden's candidacy, his likely Republican opponent, former President Donald Trump, faces similar concerns about his age and capabilities. Both septuagenarian candidates grapple with doubts, with Biden drawing slightly more scrutiny. This, coupled with Trump's legal challenges, sets the stage for a closely contested presidential race in 2024.