A biographer of President Joe Biden implied this week that he may drop out of the 2024 election. The speculation follows considerable public concern over the 80-year-old president’s ability to effectively serve another term in office if elected next year.
The comments about Biden’s possible exit were made by Franklin Foer, who published “The Last Politician” about Biden’s political career. Foer recently took part in an interview with NBC News, in which he said that it “would be a surprise” to him if Biden dropped out of the race but that “it wouldn’t be a total surprise.”
Foer stated that Biden “constantly” uses the word “fate” when describing his life.
“Joe Biden is a very religious guy, and fate is a word loaded with religious meaning. And he always talks about, he can’t say where fate goes,” Foer told host Chuck Todd. “And so I always, when I hear that, to me, it’s the ellipses in the sentence when he’s talking about his own future.”
Severe aging health issues and/or mental health incompetence in our nation’s leaders MUST be addressed.
Biden, McConnell, Feinstein, and Fetterman are examples of people who are not fit for office and it’s time to be serious about it.
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) August 30, 2023
The author’s book expands on the context further, stating that Biden “would occasionally admit that he felt tired.”
Biden is currently the oldest president in American history.
Foer also wrote that Biden’s “public persona reflected physical decline and time’s dulling of mental faculties that no pill or exercise regime can resist.”
The author said that it was news to no one that the president was “old.”
“I’m not a gerontologist, and I can’t predict how the next couple of years will age Joe Biden,” Foer said.
The comments by Biden’s biographer follow a number of polls that show that the general public is concerned about the president’s age and health.
A Wall Street Journal poll released this month found that 73% of the public believes that Biden is too old to run for another term. This idea was supported by two-thirds of Democrats.
In contrast, the same poll found that fewer than half of those polled said that former President Donald Trump is too old for the White House.