President Biden should be dead by now, according to Sen. Biden.
Joe Biden, back when he was a US Senator from Delaware, made the startling prediction during a 1991 speech at the Detroit College of Law. Now, three decades later, he is the oldest sitting US President.
He was speaking to law students about the importance of choosing Supreme Court justices.
Their decisions “will affect what happens in this country long after Senator Biden is gone, long after President Bush is gone, long after President Reagan’s administrations are forgotten,” Biden waxed.
“If Justice [David] Souter lives, God willing, as long as the average age of the court now, he’ll be making landmark decisions in the year 2020. I’ll be dead and gone in all probability.”
Biden was wrong on both counts: He is alive and kicking, and Souter retired in 2009.
Biden probably also never could have predicted the growing questions about his physical and mental fitness for office he now faces, as his 81st birthday in November approaches. If he wins the 2024 election, he will be 86 by the end of his second term.
In June Biden bizarrely ended a speech on gun control by saying “God save the Queen.” Just this week he appeared to slip into a troubling low-power state while in conversation with Israeli President Isaac Herzog.
Biden has made several physical stumbles while in office, including on the stairs to Air Force One, and a hard fall in June during a graduation commencement at the Air Force Academy.
That same month the White House revealed Biden was suffering from sleep apnea requiring the nightly use of a CPAP machine, which helps keep breathing airways open when he slumbers. Biden also suffered two near-fatal brain hemorrhages in the 1980s.