Joe Biden would be almost 82 at the next presidential inauguration
Robert Reich, who served in Clinton’s cabinet from 1993 to 1997, wrote a comment The guard on Sunday with the blunt caption: “As a 76-year-old let me say: Joe Biden is too old to run again.”
“It is not death that is worrying about a second Biden term,” he wrote of the 79-year-old commander in chief. “It’s the dwindling skills that come with age.”
If the president runs for election and wins a second term, he would be almost 82 when he takes the oath of office – beating his previous record for the oldest person ever sworn in.
In his op-ed, Reich acknowledged that the president seems to be avoiding certain traits of aging like shrinking height, and that the rise of Air Force One probably doesn’t take as much of a toll as commercial air travel does on an everyday seventy.
But, the former Clinton official speculates, a gradual loss of patience, energy and fading memory may not have escaped his notice.
“Biden’s intelligence detail may be concerned about his wallet, and he has a teleprompter for wayward nouns, but I’m sure he’s seeing some diminution in the memory department,” Reich wrote.
He later added, “I also notice less patience, perhaps because an unconscious ‘use by’ timer is now clicking away. I’m less tolerant of long lines, automated phone menus, and Republicans.’
“How the hell does Biden keep tact or patience when he has to deal with Joe Manchin?”
Reich closed the searing play by claiming members of his generation from all parties – “including Bill and Hillary, George W., Trump, Newt Gingrich, Clarence Thomas, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Biden” – had “screwed it up.” royal.’
“The world will probably be better without us. Joe please don’t run away,” he wrote.
Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Labor Robert Reich (pictured with Clinton in 1994), who also served as economic adviser to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential change, is the latest Democrat to cast doubt on Biden’s viability as a 2024 candidate
The Clinton official had previously worked with Biden when he was economic adviser to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential transition team.
He is now the youngest high-profile Democrat to share doubts about Biden’s candidacy for a second term — which the president has promised.
More than six in 10 Democratic voters polled in a New York Times/Siena College poll released last week said they would prefer a candidate other than Biden to run for president in 2024.
Reich, as of today, wrote a comment with the blunt caption, “As a 76-year-old let me say: Joe Biden is too old to run again.”
And last month, the rift between the parties over leadership became clear when progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez refused to say she would unequivocally support Biden’s reelection bid.
“We should agree when we get to that, but I think the president’s done a very good job so far and, you know, should he run again, I think that I, you know, I think … we.” I’ll check it out,” the New York Democrat told CNN’s State of the Union.
Meanwhile, a new CNN/SSRS poll released Monday shows Biden’s approval rating among likely US voters is at an all-time low.
Just 38 percent of respondents said they approve of the president’s job in office, while 62 percent said the opposite.
Only a quarter of voters polled are happy with how the President has managed inflation.
The poll was conducted from June 13 to July 13 and was released after a devastating event consumer price index Report showing the cost of goods rose 9.1 percent last month from a year earlier. It was the biggest increase since 1981.
American discontent appears to be spreading across the country — the CNN poll found that 79 percent of people believe the US is doing badly, a level not seen since February 2009 during the Great Recession.
Monday’s poll shows Biden underwater with voters on a number of key issues — with disapproval of his handling of Russia’s war in Ukraine, US immigration, inflation and the economy, all hovering above 50 percent.
Only 31 percent of people believe that the President “set the right priorities.” That’s less than the proportion of voters who said the same thing about Donald Trump in November 2018 and August and September 2017.
68 percent said Biden is not paying attention to the nation’s worst problems.
The devastating feedback shows that Biden’s pledge to have a “laser focus” on inflation has yet to resonate with voters. The poll also shows that Americans are skeptical about his influence.
One in three still supports Biden’s handling of the economy, and 69 percent said the opposite.
The Democrat’s popularity with voters has become increasingly critical as November’s midterm elections draw near, as his party faces an uphill battle to retain its thin majority in Congress.
But Monday’s poll shows those odds are shrinking. Biden’s support among Democrats, while still strong, is down 13 points from CNN’s previous poll in April and May to the current 73 percent.