The American leader celebrates his 79th birthday for the first time as president
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Joe Biden's first birthday as president is held in gloomy circumstances. And it's not just the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but also a sharp drop in the ratings of the current leader of the United States.
So the conditions for celebrating the 79th birthday of Joseph Biden are not very favorable. Although the oldest American head of state in US history has announced his intention to run in the next election, his advanced age is fueling rumors that he may step down. According to recent polls, only 40% of voters considered Biden “healthy”, compared with 50% who hold the opposite opinion (a year ago the ratio was different: 53% versus 34%).
And by the way about health – the eve of Biden's birthday turned out to be so much more! The President went to the Walter Reed Medical Center for a medical examination, including a colonoscopy procedure under anesthesia, which forced him to temporarily transfer the functions of the head of state to Kamala Harris. However, upon completion of the medical examination, the head of the White House received probably the most pleasant gift. Doctors delivered a verdict based on the results of the check: by his 79th birthday, Joe Biden is generally healthy!
According to CNN, President's physician Dr. Kevin O'Connor wrote that Biden “remains fit for his duties and fulfills all of his duties with no exceptions or accommodations.” However, who has worked with Biden since his tenure as vice president, the doctor identified two areas of “observation”: “an increase in the frequency and severity of” clearing the throat “and coughing while talking,” and a more prominently impaired walking. Both of these manifestations have been visible in Biden's public appearances since he took office.
Dr. O'Connor states that the “extremely detailed neurological examination” was “reassuring” and showed no evidence of stroke, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease.
“President Biden remains a healthy, energetic 78-year-old man who is able to successfully fulfill the duties of the president, including in the posts of chief executive, head of state and commander-in-chief,” O'Connor concluded.
Not yet It's been a year since Joe Biden's inauguration, and as President of the United States, he has yet to celebrate his birthday. But he managed to celebrate at the very beginning of summer the 70th birthday of his wife Jill.
The anniversary of the first lady of America was approached outside the box: the Biden couple went on a bike ride in Cape Henlopen Park in Lewis (Delaware). Dressed in T-shirts and jeans, as well as bicycle helmets, the couple waved to the audience and other cyclists and smiled as the crowd of well-wishers sang “Happy Birthday to you” in honor of Jill Biden.
As the press reported, the bike path remained open to others cyclists, although a Secret Service agent has previously checked themselves and their bicycles.
President Biden and his wife went to celebrate the first lady's round date at their Delaware beach house, bought by the politician for $ 2.7 million in 2017 after the end of his vice presidency. As reported in the White House, the couple decided to celebrate this birthday together. The press wrote in June that the trip was a rare midweek escape from the White House for the president. It also marked Biden's first visit to the couple's country home since taking office as head of state in January.
Joe Biden celebrated his last birthday after actually winning the presidential election against Trump, but even before he officially took office. Then a wave of criticism fell on the elected president – a video appeared on the Internet in which Biden allegedly celebrates his 78th birthday without a mask.
It all started when Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tweeted a video in which she leads the crowd alongside Biden, singing “Happy Birthday!” The footage soon went viral online as clear evidence that Bottoms, Biden and others were not wearing masks to protect against the coronavirus. Conservative online news websites Conservatives Today and the Daily Patriot Post pointed to the video as evidence of Democratic hypocrisy.
“You are not allowed to celebrate Thanksgiving with several members of your family, but Joe Biden and hundreds of his friends can get together, without masks, and have fun like in 1999,” – said the anti-Biden publications. But, as it turned out, the video was filmed back in 2019, that is, before the coronavirus pandemic.
As for Biden's real last year's birthday, the President-elect of the United States, judging by the available video footage, took care of wearing a mask. As USA Today wrote, in November 2020, Joe Biden held a birthday meeting in Wilmington, Delaware with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. The entire party was wearing masks and the congregation sat a few feet apart at a large rectangular table, according to the New York Times. Although the meeting of politicians was formally devoted to the coronavirus and the economy, Pelosi nevertheless brought Biden a birthday present – a white orchid.
By the way, Joe Biden was wearing a mask during a meeting with Kamala Harris in October on the occasion of the day birth of the vice president. The owner of the White House presented his deputy with a bouquet of flowers and a framed photo from both of them against the background of the presidential residence. The presence of masks did not prevent the birthday girl from kissing the chief on the cheek. Well, on the eve of his own birthday, Biden made Harris an even more interesting gift – he gave him a brief “steer” of the country when he temporarily transferred presidential functions to her while he was under anesthesia during the colonoscopy procedure. It may have lasted a short time, but Kamala Harris went down in history as the first woman in the United States (and, in addition, a woman of color, with African American and Asian roots!), Acting as head of state.