The president will spend his day in Delaware, where he will celebrate Thanksgiving with his family. Amid a decline in popularity, he has just won a vote in favor of his ambitious social spending plan and earlier, in favor of his infrastructure plan.
US President Joe Biden turned 79 this Saturday, November 20, amid medical checkups and a drop in polls, despite two legislative victories scored last month.
The president, who is the longest-serving in the history of US presidents, has been questioned about his age during the campaign that led him to the presidency. He has responded to the questions several times, assuring that his experience would help improve things in the United States.
On Saturday, among the messages received by Biden, the one from former Democratic President Barack Obama stood out, who with a photograph shared the news on Twitter: "Happy birthday to my friend and brother, POTUS! Thank you for giving us the gift of better infrastructure. Thankful for everything you are doing to rebuild this country. "
Before leaving for Delaware on November 19 for the weekend before Thanksgiving, Joe Biden lived up to the tradition of 'forgiving' two turkeys at the White House.
On Friday, the president scored a legislative victory in Congress, scoring a narrow win in the House of Representatives for his $ 2 trillion social gesture plan.
Earlier this month, Biden signed into law the bill creating the most extensive infrastructure plan in the United States in more than half a century, in a rare bipartisan celebration at the White House. The $ 1.2 trillion projects will help fix bridges and roads, change water pumps, build a charging network for electric vehicles and expand internet broadband. However, the president is going through a time of low popularity, justified above all by the increase in the cost of living in the country.
Hours earlier Friday, Biden underwent a medical checkup that included a colonoscopy under anesthesia, which forced him to hand over his powers for an hour and 25 minutes to Vice President Kamala Harris, who briefly became the first woman to have Presidential Prerogatives in American History.
Biden is "healthy," "strong," and "fit" to fulfill his role as president of the United States, his doctor confirmed after he underwent the checkup.
The president takes three prescription drugs and two over-the-counter, he added. Compared to his last checkup in December 2019, Biden has greater stiffness when walking. His frequent cough is due to gastroesophageal reflux, he detailed.
The doctor Kevin O'Connor, after the checkup, attributed these changes to ailments without the greatest severity.
He also found a "mild" neuropathy (nerve problem) that affects the feet and sequelae of a fracture that explains why he walked more rigidly.
The colonoscopy was "reassuring," said the doctor who has cared for Biden for 13 years. The report reveals data such as that the president of the United States measures 1.82 meters, weighs 83 kilos, wears contact lenses, does not smoke or drink, and practices sport five times a week.
The checkup also lists benign conditions that you suffer from, apart from your gastric and mobility problems: "non-valvular atrial fibrillation," a "stable" heart condition under treatment, a high level of lipids in the blood, which it also treats, allergies and arthritis.
Although Biden has already made public that he plans to run for a new term in 2024, it is speculated that he could resign due to his age, thus becoming a transitional president, and handing over the government to the current vice, Kamala Harris.
Biden promised transparency about his health status. Unfortunately, some supporters of Donald Trump do not miss an opportunity to publicly cast doubt, more or less indirectly, about his physical health and alertness.
In 1988 he had a severe health problem: he was rushed to the hospital after a ruptured aneurysm, and a priest was called to give him extreme unction.