The White House is planning on downplaying Joe Biden’s 80th birthday next month.
Biden is turning 80 on November 20th and the White House doesn’t want to celebrate it – or even talk about it – because they know Biden’s cognitive decline will be at the center of conversation.
It will be a birthday like no other in White House history. But those inside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. are not keen on having a blow-out celebration.
President Joe Biden will turn 80 years old next month, becoming the first commander-in-chief to become an octogenarian while in office. The Nov. 20 birthday will come two weeks after the midterms and will likely intensify scrutiny of Biden’s health and speculation as to whether he will seek another term.
White House aides are keenly aware of the storylines surrounding his age and are bracing for the inevitable news cycle. The topic has been met with some trepidation in the West Wing and senior aides have called around to Biden world allies to seek advice on how to best handle the date that will surely draw significant attention from reporters and Republicans alike.
For now, the plan is likely to downplay the birthday and simply focus on the work, according to those familiar with the discussions.
Biden’s cognitive decline is accelerating as he approaches his 80th birthday.
Joe Biden always wanders around lost after his speeches.
WATCH: Biden typically concludes his public appearances by wandering around looking lost and confused like a sad old man loitering in a Wendy’s parking lot after missing the bus back to the nursing home. #StopElderAbuse
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) October 10, 2022
Last month Biden called out to a deceased Congresswoman.
Joe Biden asked, “Jackie are you here? Where’s Jackie?” referring to GOP Rep. Jackie Walorski who recently died in a car accident.
"Jackie, where's Jackie?," Joe Biden says about Rep. Jackie Walorski who died in a car accident a few months ago. pic.twitter.com/khdiesmEsx
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) September 28, 2022
At least 6 different reporters asked Karine Jean-Pierre about Biden’s confusion over Walorski.