President Biden joked on Thursday with a reporter who asked him when he gets his annual checkup.
“What, you think I need this?” 80 year old Commander in Chief reacted,
Biden retorted outside the Nantucket Fire Department in Massachusetts, where he met with first responders on Thanksgiving, and revealed that part of his physical has already been completed.
“I’ve had my — I’ll get — part of my physical already done, and I’ll get it before the end of the year,” Biden said. Told,
The President made history on his birthday last Sunday by becoming the first Commander-in-Chief to turn 80 while in office.
Biden is reportedly in talks with his family and close advisers about whether to launch a re-election campaign in 2024. If he runs successfully for a second term, he will be 86 by its end.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about the president’s health earlier this week.
“So the President is in good health and maintains an active lifestyle. That is, from the doctor. He shared with me. He will have a physical examination in the coming months, and the results will be released the same as they were last year,” Jean-Pierre Told on Tuesday.
However, it declined to commit to releasing the results of the president’s physical before a decision is made on Biden’s re-run.
The president’s age and health have become a concern for most voters.
An October survey found that 64% of Americans said they were “worried” regarding Biden’s mental health, up from 59% in August. The issue turned to both sides of the aisle, with more than 50% of Democrats in the poll expressing concern about his age.
The gaffe-prone president has tried to allay these concerns but acknowledged that his age is a “valid” issue for voters.
“I think it’s a legitimate thing for anyone to be concerned about how they age, including mine,” Biden said in an interview with MSNBC last month.
“And I think the best way to judge is to look at me. Am I slowing down? Is my pace the same?” he said, suggesting that he actually feels over 50.