President-elect Joe Biden, whose birthday is on November 20th, will be sworn in as the oldest president in U.S. history. He will be replacing Ronald Reagan who left the White House in 1989 at 77 years and 349 days old. Biden turns 78 years old this year.
Fox News explained that in two months, Biden will take “the reins of a politically fractured nation facing the worst public health crisis in a century, high unemployment and a reckoning on racial injustice.”
The age of both Biden and Trump, who is four years younger, emerged throughout the race. From the beginning, Biden will be eager to exhibit that he has the drive to serve.
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“It’s crucial that he and his staff put himself in the position early in his presidency where he can express what he wants with a crispness that’s not always been his strength,” said Ross Baker, a political scientist at Rutgers University. “He has got to build up credibility with the American people that he’s physically and mentally up to the job.”
The Guardian then reported that, regarding Biden’s physical health, his most recent publicly-issued medical assessment, issued in December 2019, reported him as “healthy, vigorous … fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency, to include those as chief executive, head of state and commander in chief.”