As someone campaigning to become President of the United States of America, you want to be able to prove to people that you have what it takes to do the job and do it well. You would also need to convince America that nothing is likely to change that, at least for the next four years or more, that you plan to be in office. But that isn’t what former Vice President Joe Biden is doing.
Instead, he just told crowds in Iowa that he is really too old to do this job.
Yeah, that basically what he said.
When asked about his possible choices for vice president, he said that whoever it would be would have to two things. First and foremost, would be the ability to “immediately” take over as president because “I’m an old guy.”
He said, “It has to be demonstrated that whoever I pick is two things: one, is capable of immediately being president because I’m an old guy.”
I don’t know about you, but that kind of statement from a man who might soon be elected as the leader of one of the world’s strongest nations doesn’t instill a lot of confidence in me.
Of course, he followed that statement by saying that he was in good health and didn’t expect anything to happen to keep him from his job, but “you never know.”
He said, “No, I’m serious. Look, I thank God I’m in great health. I work out. No, I’m serious. You know, I work out every morning. I’m in good shape – knock on wood, as my mother would say. I released all my medical records. But you never know. You never know what’s going on. And I’m sure what would happen is I have – some people looking would say, ‘Is the person Biden picked capable of, God forbid something happened to Biden, that they would be able to take over immediately?’”
I’m sorry, but isn’t that the whole point of the position of vice president, or at least one of the main reasons? The question of who should vice president almost always comes down to who the president thinks will do the best job of doing what the country needs should the president themselves not be able to do the job.
But that’s always a worst-case scenario, something taken into consideration and planned for, not something to count on right off the bat.
If you are honestly worried that much about your health and age, then you shouldn’t be running in the first place. After all, all these people you are talking to are trying to consider who to go with for the job of president. Saying something like this implies that it doesn’t really matter, who really matters is the vice president.
Biden is wasting both their time and money if he isn’t sure he is even up to the task.
And according to all his medical records, as well as his age, time is not on his side.
Right now, Biden is 77 years old. That means by the inauguration, he will be 78. The oldest US president ever. And that’s not just the oldest to be sworn in but the oldest sitting president. Ronald Reagan was the oldest and he left the office at 77 in 1989.
Biden’s doctor released a letter of approval last year saying that the former vice president was in good health and ‘fit to be president.” But not everyone agrees. Barack Obama’s former physician Dr. David Scheiner is one who is not quite so confident.
According to Biden’s health records, he has high cholesterol, a past aneurysm, and “persistent” atrial fibrillation or an irregular heartbeat. And while all of these are being treated in Biden’s case, they are all signs that he is aging at a very high risk of something going wrong. Scheiner says, “He has a lot of issues just sort of sitting there.”
For all Biden’s talk of his age and experience being a good thing, it’s certainly not looking that way anymore. He is right; age does tend to bring some wisdom. However, at some point, it begins to be more of a hindrance than an advantage.
And for Biden, that point was a couple of years ago.