A first octogenarian in the White House

A first octogenarian in the White House


It's the first time a sitting US president has turned 80, but Joe Biden, whose age is in dispute as he plans to seek re-election, didn't particularly marked the occasion on Sunday. 

It wasn't until mid-afternoon that his wife, Jill Biden, posted an affectionate message, with two photos of the couple dancing in tuxedos and gala attire.

“I wouldn't want to dance with no one else. Happy birthday, Joe! I love you,” the First Lady tweeted.

This is the only publication from the White House, which did not plan any public event on Sunday and which did not specifically indicate how or even if the president was going to celebrate his birthday.

Saturday , the president had, on the other hand, celebrated another important family milestone at the White House: the wedding of his granddaughter Naomi, closed to the press.

It is also with the family that the Democrat intends to discuss his possible candidacy for the presidency of 2024. So far, he repeats that he “intends” to launch, and he has promised to make his decision public at the beginning of next year.

According to various polls, a majority of Americans reject the idea of ​​a new candidacy.

If Joe Biden is not an exception in the American political landscape, where it is not uncommon to come across influential personalities who have happily exceeded 70 or even 75 years of age, the mid-term elections have however brought about the beginning of a generational change in his party.

The very influential Nancy Pelosi, 82, for example, gave up on Thursday to run for a new term as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

About a year ago, the American president had suffered a detailed medical report concluding that he was “vigorous” and “in good health”.

But Joe Biden wears, like other presidents before read i, the marks of an exhausting function.

It is now difficult to forget his age, which betrays his stiffer gait and certain moments of confusion.