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Biden to become oldest US president ever at inauguration

President elect to be sworn in on Wednesday.
Joe Biden has made it clear that he sees restoring alliances as a priority. Image: Joe Raedle/Getty Image

Ageing Leadership at InaugurationAmid a raging coronavirus pandemic, fragile economic recovery and unprecedented security measures throughout Washington, the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th US president on Wednesday will be memorable on many levels, not least of which because of his age.

At 78, he’s the oldest president-elect in history, breaking the record set by his predecessor Donald Trump, who was 70 when he took the oath of office in January 2017. That means Biden is 40 years older than America’s median age, according to the latest available Census Bureau data. Since Jimmy Carter’s inauguration in 1977 through Trump, the median age of the commander in chief was 54, with Democrats skewing younger than their Republican counterparts, making Biden an outlier.

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With all due respect, the new president (Biden) cannot possibly be president for very long.

I suspect he is going to slow down to the point that he will be asked to retire due to ill health, age or pass away before his term ends.

Definitely not looking good.

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