At 78, Joe Biden is the oldest president in American history, and it shows. But Americans who are concerned about Biden’s health shouldn’t expect answers from the White House anytime soon.
The Biden administration is keeping the president’s health information closely guarded since his last medical update almost two years ago, the Washington Examiner reports.
The White House has so far declined to put Biden’s next check-up on a firm timeline, but they said recently that he would release an update at some point later this year, according to CBS News.
“Certainly, when he has his next medical appointment, we will be transparent about that and provide that information to all of you… I don’t — I’m not aware of one being scheduled,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, according to the Examiner.
While it is not out of the ordinary for presidents to keep their health information largely under wraps, this might be one convention that is playing to Biden’s advantage as some suspect that he is suffering from a cognitive decline.
It’s a pressing question as many doubt Biden will remain in office until 2024, despite the testimony of Biden’s doctor in December 2019 — his last medical update — that he is a “healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old male…fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency,” as CBS News reported.
The three-page report revealed that Biden took pills for an irregular heartbeat and suffered from seasonal allergies and heartburn. Biden was also treated decades ago for two brain aneurysms, the Examiner noted. The previous update before that, from 2008, was significantly longer, at 49 pages. (How long will the next one be?)
As the White House continues to stonewall on Biden’s health, his staffers and the media (excuse the redundancy) have made a conspicuous effort to portray him as vigorous and youthful that has sometimes gone to humiliating extremes.
Psaki, 42, recently said she had trouble keeping up with Biden, according to Fox News, despite acknowledging on another occasion that the White House doesn’t like it when he talks spontaneously with reporters.
Biden has been known to lash out at voters who question his stamina (and, historically, his social attainment), and he is the subject of sycophantic, late Soviet-era style “reporting” about his supposed virtues, both physical and moral.
As the Examiner notes, in one such example of this genre, The Washington Post recently did a cover story about his exercise regimen. And recently, Biden test-drove an electric truck — and joked about running over a journalist while doing so — in an apparent attempt to demonstrate his vitality.
Doubts about his health proved so well-established that some questioned if he was actually driving the car.