Joe Biden celebrates his 80th birthday – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

(CNN) – President Joe Biden turns 80 on Sunday, becoming the first octogenarian to hold the highest office in the United States.

Biden’s unique birthday milestone comes as the president faces speculation about whether he will stage a re-election run and brings to light questions about whether he is too old to serve another term.

The president celebrated his birthday in Washington with a brunch hosted by first lady Jill Biden, according to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. Jill Biden tweeted a photo of him blowing out a candle on top of a coconut cake, with balloons in the background.

“A perfect birthday celebration filled with lots of love, and Joe’s favorite coconut cake!” she wrote.

Biden family members who were already in town celebrating their granddaughter’s White House wedding on Saturday attended the brunch.

The timing of the wedding, two people familiar with the planning told CNN, was not a coincidence, noting that the “age issue” is never something Biden wants to highlight.

The president has the political momentum on his side ahead of a possible re-election bid, as he was able to maintain a Democratic majority in the Senate and thwart the historic political tides of a resounding Republican wave in Congress. There was also the tepid political support his slightly younger predecessor, Donald Trump, received when he announced his recent decision to run for president in 2024.

But Biden has been unable to shake voters’ apprehensions about his age, with rhetorical errors and literal missteps sometimes reinforcing concerns about his mental health and sharpness.

Biden would be an unprecedented 86 years old at the end of his second term if he ran and won his re-election. By comparison, some of the oldest living presidents still had years on Biden: Trump left office at the age of 74 and Ronald Reagan left office after his two terms at age 77.

The president, for his part, argues that voters concerned about his age should look at his record of achievements since he took office.

“Well, they are worried about whether I can do something or not. Look what I’ve done,” Biden told CNN’s Jake Tapper in October. “Name me a president in recent history who has done as much as I have in his first two years.”

Biden said last month that while he has not made a formal decision about running for re-election in 2024, he “intends” to do so. But he has long said it is a decision he and his family will make together. And Saturday’s wedding marks something of a kickoff for the close-knit Bidens to begin serious discussions about whether their patriarch should seek a second term.

And the president is not the only power in Washington facing pressure to step down. At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, Nancy Pelosi, 82, recently announced her plans to step down as Speaker of the House of Representatives, celebrating the Democrats paving the way for a new generation of leadership. And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, 80, faced his first challenger to lead the Republican conference in 15 years, though that challenge was unsuccessful.

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