President Joe Biden celebrated his 80th birthday Sunday by eating his favorite coconut cake while surrounded by his family, according to first lady Jill Biden.
Biden made history on Sunday when he became the first octogenarian to serve as president of the United States.
The landmark birthday comes as speculation continues over whether or not the president will seek re-election in 2024 amid concerns about his age and health.
In a press conference earlier this month, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre explained that Biden was set to enjoy a brunch hosted by first lady Jill Biden on his big day.
“Usually they celebrate it on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, but since the whole family will be here this weekend, they will have the opportunity to celebrate their birthday on their actual day,” Jean-Pierre said when asked. how Biden would celebrate his birthday.
The First Lady confirmed on Twitter on Sunday that Biden had enjoyed a “perfect birthday celebration filled with so much love” along with his “favorite coconut cake.” while he and his wife joined his family for lunch.
Jill Biden shared a photo of the president blowing out the candles on a birthday cake as his family looked on.
A perfect birthday celebration filled with lots of love, and Joe’s favorite coconut cake! pic.twitter.com/w7005Cdtqu
—Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) November 20, 2022
‘When will we decide we’ve had enough?’
One day before his birthday, Biden attended the wedding of his granddaughter Naomi Biden and her husband, Peter Neal, on the South Lawn of the White House.
The wedding marked the 19th wedding in White House history, the first White House wedding with a president’s granddaughter as the bride, and the first to be held on the South Lawn.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Biden took a break from his birthday celebrations to issue a statement after a gunman opened fire at a nightclub in Colorado, killing five people and wounding 18 others.
“Today, yet another community in America has been torn apart by gun violence. More families left with an empty chair at the table and a hole in their lives that cannot be filled. When will we decide we’ve had enough? We must address the public health epidemic of gun violence in all its forms,” Biden said in a White House statement, while touting recent gun safety legislation he signed into law earlier this year.
“We need to enact an assault weapons ban to get the weapons of war off the streets of America,” he added.
Despite concerns about his age and health, Biden has insisted that he will run for re-election again, meaning he would be 86 at the end of his second term in early 2029, if he were to win.
Plans to run again
Biden told CBS News in September that he intends to run again, but has yet to make a formal decision.
He reiterated his plans to run earlier this month, telling reporters in a Press conference: “My intention is for him to run again. But I respect fate very much and this is ultimately a family decision. I think everyone wants me to run, but we’re going to have discussions about it. And I don’t feel any rush one way or the other to make that judgment.”
A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds that while 71 percent of Democrats believe Biden is “mentally sharp and capable of meeting challenges,” 46 percent say he may not be up to the challenge of apply in 2024.
Responding to growing fears about his age and health, the president acknowledged that his age is a “legitimate” concern among voters, but urged Americans to judge him by “watching” him during his time in office.
Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump, 76, also recently announced his intention to run again in an effort to make the country “great and glorious again” while battling skyrocketing inflation and a deepening crisis at the border. south.
Biden’s birthday celebrations also come shortly after fellow 80-year-old Democrat, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), announced on Nov. 17 that she would step down from her leadership role in Congress after for the Republicans to gain control of the House.