Sooner or later, President Joe Biden will be announcing his 2024 campaign for reelection. In fact, there are many who believe that such an announcement could be coming within a matter of weeks, possibly with an April date being bandied about within his inner circle.
The news will likely dismay a great many Democrats, however, as the incumbent President’s age and mental capacities appear to be affecting his ability to do the job proficiently.
In fact, even former President Barack Obama’s own doctor has his doubts.
Dr. David Scheiner, who was Obama’s personal physician for more than two decades before he became president, said that while Biden has performed above expectations since entering office, the president’s age remains a major health concern. At 80, Biden is the oldest person to ever serve as president.
But Scheiner said the White House was unlikely to disclose much new information.
“You’re not going to learn anything. They sugarcoat these things,” Scheiner told the Washington Examiner, explaining that the president’s expected reelection campaign adds weight to the calls for transparency over the president’s health.
“By the time he completes [a second term], he’ll be 86 years old; I don’t care if he’s in perfect health now,” said Scheiner. “I don’t care if he’s in perfect health now — which, I can’t believe he’s in perfect health. He’s had too many things in his past history.”
And then, stunningly:
He added, “It worries me that he is aging. If I look at him, he’s not a young 80.”
The doctor then gave some rather specific examples of troubling trends in Biden’s health.
Scheiner explained that Biden’s gait, which the president’s physician described in 2021 as “perceptibly stiffer and less fluid” than one year earlier, could be a leading indicator of the overall state of his health.
“The gait is not an insignificant factor,” he said, adding that it lends “a peek into the whole physical, mental capability of a person.”
Biden appears to be insisting that he’ll run again in 2024, but these latest concerns could put a rather serious damper on the idea.