Joe Biden, the President-elect, turns 78 this Friday, November 20.
Biden will be sworn in as the oldest president in American history in January 2021. Earlier, Donald Trump was the most senior first-term president as he was 70 years and 220 days old. Before that, 69 years and 348 days old, Ronald Reagan had the honor of the oldest president.
Ronald Reagan was re-elected at the age of 73, and he retained the title of ‘oldest president.
’ Joe Biden, on January 21, will surpass this record at his inauguration ceremony.In America, the average age of sitting presidents since 1960 is 56 years. The record of the youngest president in the nation’s history is credited to John F Kennedy.
He was inaugurated at the age of 43 and got assassinated when he was 46-year-old.
Age became an important topic of debate during the 2020 elections. Trump or Biden, whoever wins the election, would have become the oldest sitting president. As Biden has won the elections, his vice president will take center stage because Biden is more likely to suffer age-related health issues.
Dr. Kevin O’Connor from the George Washington University declared Biden as, “77-year-old healthy, vigorous male ready to execute his duties as the head of state.” He published his three-page long medical assessment on Joe Biden’s health on Tuesday, December 2019. People also debated that “Is someone of Trump and Biden age the right choice to govern a nation facing unemployment, health crisis, racial injustice, and global warming issues?”
“I will be completely transparent in terms of my health if I win the elections,” Biden said in an interview in September 2020.
President-elect has faced several health complications in the past years. He experienced two critical brain aneurysms and also got his gall bladder removed in 2003. His heartbeat is often irregular, and he is on medication for acid reflux and cholesterol. Biden also had episodic atrial fibrillation in2009.
Despite all this, Dr. O’Connor declared him fit for the presidency and said his health conditions are under control.