President Joe Biden is now 80 years old.
Born on November 20, 1942, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. crosses a milestone on Sunday as he becomes the first US president to celebrate his 80th birthday while still in office.
On Sunday, the president will be joined by First Lady Jill Biden and other family members at the White House for a birthday brunch, continuing their family tradition of meeting the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the Washington Post reported.
The family is already in Washington, DC, where they gathered for Naomi Biden’s wedding. She and Peter Neal got married at the White House on Saturday.
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The president’s modest birthday celebrations come amid speculation over whether he will be re-elected in 2024, a decision preceded by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 82, who is stepping down from the House leadership.
Former President Donald Trump, 76, also recently announced his intention to run.
Last month, Biden said in an interview that it was “entirely legitimate” for voters to be concerned about his age, health and mental make-up.
“I think it’s legitimate to worry about someone’s age, including mine. That’s totally legitimate. But I think the best way to pass judgment is to, you know, look at me. Slow down am I – don’t the same pace?” Biden told MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show” host Jonathan Capehart.
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During his remarks, Biden said he planned to run for re-election in 2024 (as Election Day would be just before his 82nd birthday), but that factors beyond his control could influence his decision.
“I have a great respect for fate. I could catch a disease tomorrow, drop dead tomorrow. In terms of my energy level, in terms of how much I can do, I think people should look and see, he still has the same passion for what he does? If they think I do, then fine. If not, they should vote against me,” Biden said.
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He added: “But Jonathan, right now, knock on wood, I don’t want to curse myself. I’m in good health. Everything about me physically still functions well, and mentally too… But I understand that people who want to ask a question.”
Should Biden ultimately run for office, he would be the oldest major party candidate to do so, breaking a record he set in 2020.
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Biden is several years older than former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, both 76 years old, and Barack Obama, who is 61.
Former President Jimmy Carter, born in 1924, celebrated his 98th birthday in October.