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[[File:Donald Trump official presidential photo.jpg|180px|right|thumb|[[CNN]]'s [[Chris Cuomo]] recently declared that President [[Donald Trump]] isn't aging as fast as past U.S. presidents.<ref>[https://amp.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/aug/22/chris-cuomo-attacks-trump-for-not-aging-as-fast-as/ Chris Cuomo attacks Trump for not aging as fast as past presidents: 'Care more, sleep less'], ''Washington Times''</ref>]]
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[[File:Donald Trump official presidential photo.jpg|150px|right|thumb|[[CNN]]'s [[Chris Cuomo]] recently declared that President [[Donald Trump]] isn't aging as fast as past U.S. presidents.<ref>[https://amp.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/aug/22/chris-cuomo-attacks-trump-for-not-aging-as-fast-as/ Chris Cuomo attacks Trump for not aging as fast as past presidents: 'Care more, sleep less'], ''Washington Times''</ref>]]
 
''See also:'' [[United States presidential election, 2020]] and [[Donald Trump's age]]
 
''See also:'' [[United States presidential election, 2020]] and [[Donald Trump's age]]
  

Revision as of 19:50, 13 September 2019

Joe Biden in 2013.

Joe Biden (born November 20, 1942) is turning 77 in November 2019. He will be nearly 78 years old on Election Day 2020. Biden hasn’t disclosed his medical history since 2008, when physicians found he had an irregular heartbeat.[1] Biden has long been plagued by health issues.[2][3]

According to the British Medical Journal, "The brain’s capacity for memory, reasoning and comprehension skills (cognitive function) can start to deteriorate from age 45, finds research published on bmj.com today."[4]

According to Politico:

The New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico, CNN, the Atlantic, the Associated Press, Slate and just about every other.. outlet you can name has crossed the ageism line to ask the “too old” question in recent articles about Joe Biden, age 76, often in the headline itself.

...after tallying Biden’s repeated stumbles, miscues and mental lapses, journalists tend to retreat from calling Biden too infirm to run the White House. The greater press taboo, it seems, isn’t asking the question about Biden but answering it.[5]

Matthew Walther, a national correspondent for The Week, wrote about Biden's age:

These days, Biden is confused about everything and everyone virtually all the time... He routinely says things that are absolute gibberish... These are not ordinary slips of the tongue. They are signs of cognitive decline that will be familiar to anyone who, like me, spends a good deal of time in the company of people who are roughly Biden's age."[6]

After Biden’s poor performance in Iowa, a Democratic county chair told The New York Times, "He’s pressing against Father Time, who is a very tough competitor."[7]

Biden's age and voters

Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight wrote about Bidens's age:

A lot of rank-and-file voters do have concerns about Biden’s age. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll] in February found that 62 percent of voters had reservations about voting for someone aged 75 or older. Other polls have also shown advanced age to be a concern among Democrats, Republicans and independents alike.[8]

Joe Biden's response to voter concerns about his age

Biden says about voter's concerns about his age: “I say if they’re concerned, don’t vote for me”.[9]

In 2018, Joe Biden told CBS News about voter's concerns about his age: "I think [voters are] gonna judge me on my vitality. Can I still run up the steps of Air Force Two? Am I still in good shape? Do I have all my faculties? Am I energetic? I think it's totally legitimate people ask those questions."[10]

Donald Trump on Biden's age

CNN's Chris Cuomo recently declared that President Donald Trump isn't aging as fast as past U.S. presidents.[11]

See also: United States presidential election, 2020 and Donald Trump's age

Donald Trump (born on June 14, 1946) is 73 years old (see: Donald Trump's age).

President Donald Trump has called Joe Biden "sleepy" and said that "he looks different than he used to, he acts different than he used to, he’s even slower than he used to be".[12]

The New York Times stated:

Meeting with a group of union officials in the West Wing this year, the president appealed for their support in part by tapping on his head and saying, “Biden is losing it,” according to a participant in the meeting who disclosed the president’s comment on condition of anonymity.[13]

Democrats publicly talking about Biden's age

Politico had this to say about Democrats' thoughts about Biden's age:

Donald Trump isn’t subtle about telegraphing what he believes is his best line of attack against Joe Biden: the Democratic front-runner’s advanced age.

But Democrats are beginning to publicly talk about it themselves. In overt and indirect ways, questions about the former vice president’s age and vigor are increasingly surfacing within his own party, fueled by the former vice president’s relatively light campaign schedule and attempts to limit his public exposure. If elected, Biden would be 78 upon entering the White House — making him the oldest president ever to take the office.

“It’s the 78-year-old elephant in the room,” said Miami-based consultant and pollster Fernand Amandi, who consulted for the Obama-Biden campaigns in 2008 and 2012 and is unaffiliated with any 2020 campaign.[14]

CNN's Chris Cuomo recently declared that President Donald Trump isn't aging as fast as past U.S. presidents.[15]

Other Democratic Party member statements about Biden's age

The Washington Examiner reported:

A prominent South Carolina Democrat who is a supporter of California Sen. Kamala Harris has been the most direct in attacking the 76-year-old former vice president, who was first elected to public office in 1970. “Joe Biden has been running for president since before I was born,” former state senator Bakari Sellers said this week.

“Joe Biden is nearly 80 years old and he’s running to be president of the United States. My dad was president of an HBCU and will be 75 this year and his doctors told him he couldn’t do it anymore. He didn’t have the energy and strength to lead that campus anymore. Doesn’t mean he wasn’t a great man and a great leader and a great visionary. But it is a justifiable conversation.”

Speaking anonymously, other Democrats are even more brutal about Biden. “It’s like the corpse is already rotting,” an adviser to one of Biden’s competitors told Politico over the weekend, referring to his campaign.[16]

Julián Castro's attack on Biden's age

David Byler, a political columnist for the Washington Post, said about Julián Castro's attack on Joe Biden's age:

In Thursday night’s debate, Julián Castro tried out a potentially fruitful line of attack against poll leader Joe Biden. But he might have bungled the execution.

While sparring over the details of health-care policy, Castro repeatedly claimed that Biden had forgotten what he said only two minutes earlier. You can read the transcript here, but the subtext seemed clear]: Castro was suggesting that Biden, in his old age, had become more forgetful and less mentally present.

In my view, Castro came off as overly aggressive.[17]

(Transcript that David Byler refers to can be founda at: Julián Castro goes there on Joe Biden’s age: ‘Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago?’, Washington Post)

The Hill reported:

White House hopeful Julián Castro defended his attack on Joe Biden in the latest Democratic debate, insisting he was not targeting the former vice president's age during a feisty exchange on health care.

“I wasn’t taking a shot at his age, I was taking a shot at the fact that he had just said the words ‘buy in,’ you would have to ‘buy in,’ ” Castro, the former Housing and Urban Development secretary, said on ABC News in a post-debate interview.

The former Obama Cabinet member defended his tactics in the debate when he accused Biden of forgetting details of his health care plan and whether it would require a buy-in. Castro also claimed Biden was not carrying on Obama's legacy.

The line of attack quickly provoked reactions among other Democratic presidential candidates, with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) saying that Castro's remark about Biden's memory was "not cool" and "so personal and so unnecessary.”

Meanwhile, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) seemed to back up Castro, saying the former San Antonio mayor had some "legitimate concerns" about Biden.

“I think there were a lot of moments where a number of us were looking on stage where he tends to go on sometimes,” Booker said on CNN after the debate. “There are definitely moments where you listen to Joe Biden and you just wonder.” [18]

Biden's age and his propensity to make more gaffes later in the day

Joe Biden in 2009.

The Hill reported:

Allies to Joe Biden have been floating the idea of altering the former vice president's schedule in an effort to reduce the gaffes he has made in recent days.

The allies, growing increasingly nervous about Biden's verbal flubs, have said it's an approach that's been suggested to campaign officials on the heels of the former vice president’s stumbles.

Biden has a tendency to make the blunders late in the day, his allies say, particularly after a long swing on the road, like he had last week in Iowa. They say something needs to be done to give the candidate more down time as the campaign intensifies in the fall.

"He needs to be a strong force on the campaign trail, but he also has to pace himself," said one ally who has talked to members of the campaign team and others in the broader Biden World about how to move forward...

Biden’s age — he’ll be 77 in November — has been seen by some as a liability ever since he launched his campaign earlier this year. While he has been billed by those around him as the most electable Democrat to take on President Trump next year, some wonder if he has the zeal to compete.

“A lot of people are nervous that he’s lost some of his mojo,” said one major Democratic donor. “They’re getting nervous about him going toe to toe with Trump. But the problem is, there doesn’t seem to be an alternative.”[19]

Bernie Sanders on Joe Biden's age

See also: Bernie Sanders' age

Bernard Sanders, born September 8, 1941 (age 78), believes Biden's overall health and well-being is the issue when it comes to whether to whether or not Joe Biden is able to perform his presidential duties should he be elected.[20]

Spefically, The Week reported about Bernie Sanders' comments about Joe Biden's age:

Sanders likewise conceded to Politico that his age is "part of a discussion, but it has to be part of an overall view of what somebody is and what somebody has accomplished," as well as "the overall health and wellbeing of the individual."[21]

United States, United Kingdom and cognitive decline

See also: Cognitive decline and diet

In the United States, dementia and Alzheimer's disease is the #2 cause of death [22] In Japan, which has a longer life expectancy than the United States and has a populace that eats a healthier diet, dementia and Alzheimers diseases is the #14 cause of death.[23] See: Cognitive decline and diet

According to the British Medical Journal, "The brain’s capacity for memory, reasoning and comprehension skills (cognitive function) can start to deteriorate from age 45, finds research published on bmj.com today."[24] In the United Kingdom, dementia and Alzheimer's disease are the second leading cause of death.[25] Cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer's disease are progressive conditions that happen over time.[26]

According to the National Institute of Aging, "Memory problems are typically one of the first signs of cognitive impairment related to Alzheimer’s disease. Some people with memory problems have a condition called mild cognitive impairment (MCI). In MCI, people have more memory problems than normal for their age, but their symptoms do not interfere with their everyday lives."[27]

Medical science indicates that diet plays a significant role in terms preventing cognitive decline (see: Cognitive decline and diet).[28][29]

In the United States, dementia and Alzheimer's disease is the #2 cause of death [30] In Japan, which has a longer life expectancy than the United States and has a populace that eats a healthier diet, dementia and Alzheimers diseases is the #14 cause of death.[31] In 2014, the Washington Post indicated that a new study indicated that Alzheimer's disease was the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States, but this study did not include dementia as well.[32]

Joe Biden, his unresolved struggles with grief and cognitive decline

See also: Joe Biden, grief and cognitive decline

Bill Clinton, Joe Biden and other Clinton administration officials.

Joe Biden's life has been greatly shaped by grief and he indicated that he has "wounds that don't ever really heal".[33][34][35]

The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry in a journal article entitled Prolonged Grief and Cognitive Decline: A Prospective Population-Based Study in Middle-Aged and Older Persons indicated that individuals with prolonged grief disorder (PGD) compared with a reference group "showed a decrease in global cognitive function".[36] See: Prolonged grief disorder and cognitive decline

Joe Biden's life greatly shaped by grief and his unresolved emotional wounds

The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry in a journal article entitled Prolonged Grief and Cognitive Decline: A Prospective Population-Based Study in Middle-Aged and Older Persons indicated that individuals with prolonged grief disorder (PGD) compared with a reference group "showed a decrease in global cognitive function".[37] See: Prolonged grief disorder and cognitive decline

A study indicated that individuals with prolonged grief syndrome showed a decrease in global cognitive function over time compared to a control group.[38]

Politico in an article entited How Grief Became Joe Biden’s ‘Superpower’ indicates:

There is no person in American politics today whose life has been so shaped by loss and grief. The long arc of Biden’s career is all but bracketed by tragedy. In 1972, his wife and baby daughter were killed in a car accident; in 2015, one of his two sons who had survived the crash died of a rare strain of brain cancer. These wretched tentpoles are not only tragedies the 76-year-old Biden has had to endure. They influenced major decisions he made about his political career—first, his priorities in the Senate; later, his decision to opt out of the presidential election of 2016. And they defined him as a person as well, according to longtime friends, former aides and veteran politicos in his home state of Delaware.[39]

The Washington Post states concerning Biden: "In a candid 2012 speech to military families and friends who had lost a loved one in action, Biden spoke about the anger, crisis of faith and wounds that don't really ever heal."[40]

The Associated Press indicates concerning Biden:

After the accident, Biden had no interest in the Senate anymore. No ambition for anything, really. His world view shrank to taking care of his boys.

“For the first time in my life, I understood how someone could consciously decide to commit suicide,” he would later reveal.

Biden didn’t just have to deal with grief. He had the added burden of processing it in public. [41]

Medical journal: Unresolved/prolonged grief and cognitive decline

Bereavement can result in unresolved/prolonged grief, which is often called prolonged grief disorder (PGD).[42]

The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry in a journal article entitled Prolonged Grief and Cognitive Decline: A Prospective Population-Based Study in Middle-Aged and Older Persons

Compared with the reference group, participants with PGD showed a decrease in global cognitive function, MMSE scores, and World learning test (immediate and delayed) over time. Participants with normal grief did not show a stronger cognitive decline in any of cognitive tests than the reference group.[43]

Biden's inappropriate touching of women/children, explicit sexual imagery, depression and smaller brain volumes

See also: Joe Biden's inappropriate touching of women/children, explicit sexual imagery, depression and cognitive decline

The Washington Post calls Biden "Creepy Uncle Joe" for his habit of groping wives and children.

There have been numerous reports and film photage of Joe Biden inappropriately touching women and children (see: Creepy Uncle Joe meme).

An article entitled New Survey of Porn use: Men and women watching in startling numbers declares:

According to the research approximately 64 percent, or two thirds, of U.S. men admit to viewing porn at least monthly, with the number of Christian men nearly equaling the national average. When divided by age "eight out of ten (79%) men between the ages of 18 and 30 view pornography at least monthly, and two thirds (67%) of men between the ages of 31 and 49 view pornography at least monthly. One half of men between 50 and 68 looks at porn monthly."[44]

Men who watch a lot of pornography, according to a study out of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, have smaller brain volumes.[45]

They study did not determine whether men who watch a lot of pornography have smaller brains to start with or whether the volume of their brains has shrunk over time.[46]

LiveScience.com reported on the Max Planck Institute for Human Development study:

Both alcoholism and depression shrink the same brain areas that were found to be smaller in porn watchers in the current study. Depressed people are less likely to be in a relationship, and may therefore have fewer sexual opportunities in real life and more time on their hands to look at sexual content. In that instance, it may be the underlying depression, not the porn itself, altering the brain, Prause said.[47]

As far as grief and unresolved emotional pain, as noted above, Joe Biden's life has been greatly shaped by grief and he indicated that he has "wounds that don't ever really heal".[48][49][50]

Biden's eye fills with blood during CNN climate town hall. Campaign stonewalls

Many have expressed concern if Biden is up to the rigors of campaigning, let alone fulfilling the duties of office.

See also: Joe Biden's eye filling with blood during a town hall

Common causes of eye filling with blood among the elderly

According to the abstract for the journal article Subconjunctival hemorrhage: risk factors and potential indicators which was published in the medical journal Clinical Opthomology:

Subconjunctival hemorrhage is a benign disorder that is a common cause of acute ocular redness. The major risk factors include trauma and contact lens usage in younger patients, whereas among the elderly, systemic vascular diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and arteriosclerosis are more common.[51]

Joe Biden had a hair transplant using hairs from his buttocks

Biden had a hair transplant, where hairs were removed from his buttocks and placed on his head.

Joe Biden had a hair transplant using hairs from his buttocks.[52]

Specifically, in the 1980s, the balding Biden underwent a series of hair follicle transplants from his buttocks to his scalp. The treatments spanned years prior to his failed 1988 presidential bid which ended in 1987.

The expensive procedure is somewhat common among the world's global elite, particularity among insecure middle aged men who feel their masculinity threatened by natural aging processes.

The cosmetic medical procedure varies in cost. In the 1980s it was still an experimental treatment, but since then the procedure has become more routine and costs have come down. The surgical procedure today can be $15,000 and upwards, depending upon how many follicles are needed, and the intervals of time for follicles on the buttocks to replenish itself. The experimental procedure in the 1980s likely cost about $50,000. Given Biden's salary as a U.S. Senator in the 1980s of about $72,000, and the treatments which spanned 3 to 5 years, one can only speculate how many school hot lunches for instance, could have been purchased for impoverished students with the same money at $3 per day - possibly 50 to 80 students could have been fed over the same number of years, or more than 16,000 meals in a single day.

External links

References

  1. Biden's eye fills with blood during CNN climate town hall, Washington Examiner
  2. Surgeon who operated on Biden: He's better now than before brain surgery, Washington Examiner, 2019
  3. Biden's eye fills with blood during CNN climate town hall, Washington Examiner
  4. Cognitive decline can begin as early as age 45, warn experts, British Medical Journal press release
  5. Is Joe Biden Too Old?
  6. What will it take for the Democratic establishment to abandon Biden? by Matthew Walther, The Week
  7. Can Anyone Catch Joe Biden? by Lisa Lerer, Sydney Ember and Reid J. Epstein, The New York Times
  8. Voters Care About Biden’s Age — Not About His Gaffes by Nate Silver,FiveThirtyEight
  9. The promise and peril of Joe Biden’s front-runner campaign, Los Angeles Times
  10. Joe Biden, own your age, The Week
  11. Chris Cuomo attacks Trump for not aging as fast as past presidents: 'Care more, sleep less', Washington Times
  12. Is Joe Biden ‘Too Old’? EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE, The Atlantic
  13. Why Joe Biden’s Age Worries Some Democratic Allies and Voters, New York Times
  14. It’s not just Trump questioning Biden’s age. Democrats are, too., Politico
  15. Chris Cuomo attacks Trump for not aging as fast as past presidents: 'Care more, sleep less', Washington Times
  16. Corpse is already rotting': 2020 Democratic rivals attack Joe Biden on age, Washington Examiner
  17. Biden’s age is a real issue. That doesn’t mean it’s easy to talk about. by David Byler,Washington Post
  18. Castro on feisty Biden exchange: 'I wasn't taking a shot at his age', The Hill
  19. Biden allies float scaling back events to limit gaffes, The Hill
  20. Joe Biden, own your age, The Week
  21. Joe Biden, own your age, The Week
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  23. Japan life expectancy
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  27. Don’t buy into brain health supplements, Harvard Health Publishing
  28. 15 simple diet tweaks that could cut your Alzheimer's risk
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  31. New study ranks Alzheimer’s as third leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer, Washington Post, 2014
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  33. Joe Biden’s heartfelt speech on grief, Washington Post
  34. Biden’s prism of loss: A public man, shaped by private grief, Associated Press
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  43. NEW SURVEY OF PORN USE: MEN AND WOMEN WATCHING IN STARTLING NUMBERS, Churchmilitant.com
  44. Porn may have negative effects on the male cognitive function
  45. Porn may have negative effects on the male cognitive function
  46. Porn Shrink Your Brain?, Livescience/com
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  48. Joe Biden’s heartfelt speech on grief, Washington Post
  49. Biden’s prism of loss: A public man, shaped by private grief, Associated Press
  50. Subconjunctival hemorrhage: risk factors and potential indicators by Bercin Tarlan and Hayyam Kiratli .Clinical Opthomology, 2013; 7: 1163–1170. Published online 2013 Jun 12. doi: 10.2147/OPTH.S35062
  51. Does Joe Biden Have Butt Hair on His Head?, By Jessica Pressler, The Intelligencer, Aug. 25, 2008.