A New York Times journalist told MSNBC Monday that President Biden will forgo a lavish public birthday celebration to avoid attention regarding his age.
The president turned 81 on Monday and New York Times reporter Peter Baker appeared on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” reporting no extravagant celebrations for the octogenarian’s birthday.
“You’re not going to see a big lavish celebration the way Barack Obama celebrated his 50th birthday in office or Bill Clinton celebrated his birthdays in office with fundraisers and concerts and all that,” Baker said. “You’re going to see basically almost nothing.”
“I mean, he’s not going to do anything in public about it today, doesn’t want to call attention to it,” he added, noting he’ll celebrate in private in Nantucket with his family.
Even though the president joked about his age on Monday as he pardoned two turkeys named Liberty and Bell, stating, “I just want you to know it’s difficult turning 60,” Baker argued the current administration wants to take the focus away from his age as he runs for a second term.
“The White House, I think, is pretty tired of talking about this issue but it is one of the most salient issues out there according to all the polls, not just the Trump people think he’s too old; it’s that too many Democrats from the point of view of the White House think he is too old,” he said. “At age 81, it’s hard for him to convince otherwise.”
Baker explained that the White House wants Americans to “judge him by his record and performance” and noted that Donald Trump, the frontrunner for the 2024 GOP nomination, is, at the age of 77, “demonstrating his own cognitive issues on the campaign trail lately.”
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