Joe Biden would be nearly 82 years old during the next presidential inauguration
‘s former Labor Secretary has joined a growing chorus of urging their party to look beyond President in 2024.
Robert Reich, who served in Clinton’s Cabinet from 1993 until 1997, wrote an op-ed in on Sunday bluntly titled, ‘As a 76-year-old let me say: Joe Biden is too old to run again.’
‘It’s not death that’s the worrying thing about a second Biden term,’ he wrote of the 79-year-old commander-in-chief. ‘It’s the dwindling capacities that go with aging.’
If the president runs and wins a second term, he would be nearing 82 when taking the oath of office – surpassing his previously held record for the oldest person ever sworn in.
In his op-ed, Reich conceded that the president has appeared to evade certain hallmarks of aging such as shrinking height, and rising Air Force One likely doesn’t take as much of a toll as commercial air travel would on an everyday septuagenarian.
But, the former Clinton official speculates, a gradual loss of patience, energy and fading memory may not have escaped him.
‘Biden’s secret service detail can worry about his wallet, and he’s got a teleprompter for wayward nouns, but I’m sure he’s experiencing some diminution in the memory department,’ Reich wrote.
He later added, ‘I’m also noticing less patience, perhaps because of an unconscious “use by” timer now clicking away. I’m less tolerant of long waiting lines, automated phone menus, and Republicans.’
‘How the hell does Biden maintain tact or patience when he has to deal with Joe Manchin?’
Reich concluded the scorching piece by claiming members of his generation of all parties – ‘including Bill and Hillary, George W, Trump, Newt Gingrich, Clarence Thomas, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Biden’ – had ‘f***ed it up royally.’
‘The world will probably be better without us. Joe, please don’t run,’ he wrote.
Bill Clinton’s Labor Secretary Robert Reich (pictured with Clinton in 1994), who also served as an economic adviser to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential transition, is the latest Democrat to cast doubt on Biden’s viability as a 2024 candidate
The Clinton official had previously worked alongside Biden when he was an economic adviser to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential transition team.
He’s now the latest high-profile Democrat to share doubts about Biden running for a second term – which the president has vowed to do.
More than six in 10 Democrat voters polled in a New York Times/Siena College survey released last week said they would prefer a new nominee other than Biden to run for president in 2024.
Reich, seen in present day, wrote an op-ed that was bluntly titled, ‘As a 76-year-old let me say: Joe Biden is too old to run again’
And last month, the inter-party divide over leadership was on full display when progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez declined to say she would unequivocally support Biden’s re-election bid.
‘We should endorse when we get to it, but I believe that the President’s been doing a very good job so far, and, you know, should he run again, I think that I, you know, I think…we’ll take a look at it,’ the New York Democrat told CNN’s State of the Union.
Meanwhile a new poll from CNN/SSRS released on Monday shows Biden’s approval rating among likely US voters at an all-time low.
Just 38 percent of respondents said they approve of the president’s job in office, while 62 percent said the opposite.
Just a quarter of voters surveyed are happy with how the president has navigated inflation.
The poll was taken June 13 through July 13 and released on the heels of a devastating report that showed the cost of goods increased 9.1 percent last month over the year prior. It was the biggest spike seen since 1981.
Americans’ dissatisfaction appears to extend to the country as a whole – the CNN poll found that 79 percent of people believe things are going badly for the US, a level not seen since February 2009, during the Great Recession.