Opinion:Joe Biden Has Announced He is In for the 2024 Presidential Run, At 82, Shouldn't He Retire?

Amancay Tapia

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The current US president Joe Biden has confirmed via a promotional video that he is going to stand for re-election in 2024.

The video, narrated by Jo Biden argues that the defence of democracy, voting rights, abortion rights, and the social safety net will be the most important issues on the ballot in 2024. Kamala Harris, his current deputy, has also announced, she is running for another term as vice-president.

At 81-years-old, I wonder whether President Joe Biden is too old for a second term? Is he fit for this demanding job mentally and physically?If he is elected, President Joe Biden will be 82 in the 2024 election and 86 by the end of his term, an age at which many wealthy Americans play golf, relax at home, watch TV or linger over daily activities.

The U.S. Constitution lists several requirements for presidential eligibility, including a requirement in Article II that specifies the President must be at least 35 years old but there is no age limit for retirement. President Joe Biden (born in 1942) is currently the oldest president in American history, a title previously held by Ronald Reagan who left the White House in 1989 at almost 78.

First lady Jill Biden said at the end of February during a five-day trip to Africa that “he says he’s not done,” an indication that Jo Biden had every intention to run for a second term.

The recently released NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll shows an even half of Democrats think the party has a better chance with Biden as the nominee, whereas 45% think they would prefer backing another candidate.

Billionaire Twitter CEO, Elon Musk has been rather vocal about Biden and his age. He told the Financial Times last year that he believes the current President is too old to run for a second term in office. 

“You don’t want to be too far from the average age of the population because it’s going to be very difficult to stay in touch,” Elon Musk said.

I'm no ageist and a healthy society is one where everyone has a place in society, but considering this is one of the hardest job's in the world mentally, one can't help but wonder about Jo Biden's ability to run the country. In any case, I can only wish him all the best as there is a lot of stake here.

What do you think, is President Jo Biden too old to run again, or is he better off calling it a day?

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