President Joe Biden turns 81 years old on Monday, and White House insiders are already preparing strategies to combat the narrative that Joe is too old for a second term.
According to a New York Post report, the effort is jokingly called “Operation Bubble Wrap.”
From The New York Post:
Still, the focus remains firmly on Biden’s age — with insiders telling The New York Times that the focus on trying to protect the oldest-ever president from tripping or falling during his reelection campaign is jokingly being called operation “Bubble Wrap.”
“He doesn’t look and speak the part,” John B. Judis, a longtime political strategist and author, told the Times. “He’s not a commanding or charming presence on a presidential or presidential election stage,” Judis noted.
“I think a lot of voters and young people in particular who are not at all put off by his political positions or accomplishments are put off by his utter failure as a regal persona,” Judis said.
“And I don’t know how that can be fixed. Not by bicycling.”
But other current and former administration officials have called for the president to “show his vigor” on the campaign trail and “boast about his age rather than ignore it.”
“He’s been successful because of his age, not in spite of it,”
Democrat strategist Simon Rosenberg claimed that Biden has been “successful because of his age, not in spite of it” — but readily conceded that Democrats “can’t run away from the age issue.”
“It’s going to be a major part of the conversation, but we would be making a political mistake if we didn’t contest it more aggressively.”
Earlier this year, a story broke that Biden insiders ensure he takes the shorter Air Force One stairs and wears special shoes so he doesn’t stumble and fall.
Biden turns 81 by forgiving turkeys as operation ‘Bubble Wrap’ attempts to protect him from stumbles https://t.co/hgZLTr1oyL
— New York Post (@nypost) November 20, 2023