Atlanta Journal-Constitution editorial board urges Biden to retire in 2024: ‘Retirement is now necessary’

 July 1, 2024

President Joe Biden is facing pressure from all sides to step down from office, to the surprise of few.

Multiple newspapers have featured calls for resignation from various experts, pushing the president to step down following a debate performance that was nothing short of a disaster.

In line with The New York Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution asked Joe Biden, 81, to hand the reins to a more qualified candidate in a front-page editorial published on Saturday.

From the Paper

“The unfortunate truth is that Biden should withdraw from the race, for the good of the nation he has served so admirably for half a century,” the AJC Editorial Board wrote.

According to Georgia's largest newspaper, Biden's performance in Thursday's debate against former president Donald Trump was "excruciating." The incumbent president was unable to articulate any plans for a second term or his accomplishments from his nearly four years in office.

The editorial board did not address the incumbent's series of gaffes, which included claiming that his son Beau, who passed away from cancer in the United States, "died in Iraq" and that he "beat Medicare.”

The board stated that the president had manifested evident indicators of the initial phases of decline.

Previous Precedent

The AJC bemoaned that the president wouldn't follow the precedent George Washington set when he resigned after serving two terms at age 64.

"Every day the increasing weight of years admonishes me more and more that the shade of retirement is as necessary to me as it will be welcome," Washington wrote.

“The shade of retirement is now necessary for President Biden,” says the AJC Editorial Board.

While the largely left-leaning newspaper did admit that it would “require a massive and unprecedented string of legal and regulatory actions” to have Biden step down and attempt to secure a successor, it also went on to point out that the Democrats have plenty of candidates to choose from.

The Urgency

On top of that, the action that they requested the president take was deemed urgent because the American Jewish Committee has absolutely no faith that the octogenarian will be able to defeat Trump in November.

“Biden deserves a better exit from public life than the one he endured when he shuffled off the stage Thursday night,” the AJC wrote.

“If he displays the courage and dignity that have defined his political career, he might follow in the footsteps of the nation’s first president and welcome his retirement, secure in the knowledge that he again served his country with honor.”

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