The Atlantic calls upon Biden not to run for reelection

The Atlantic just published an article titled, “Why Biden Shouldn’t Run in 2024.”

The author, Mark Leibovich, begins the piece, writing, “Let me put this bluntly: Joe Biden should not run for reelection in 2024. He is too old.”

“. . . no one wants to see grandpop in the damn cockpit.”

Throughout the piece, Leibovich tries to gently convince readers, without offending President Joe Biden and his followers, that it would be best for Biden not to seek reelection in 2024.

Leibovich’s main argument for this does seem to be that Biden is too old to do the job. But, Liebovich also argues that Biden stepping down would be “reinvigorating” for the Democratic Party.

At one point in the article, Liebovich begrudgingly admits that Biden will “sometimes mangle sentences, blank on names, get tortured by teleprompters, lose his train of thought, or not make sense—which is not so abnormal for someone his age.” This is a point that critics have been making since before the start of Biden’s presidency.

Leibovich goes on to make an analogy between being the president of the United States and being a pilot. He does so to make the argument that there are reasons why, at some point, a person just gets too old to do these jobs.

Leibovich writes:

As a point of professional comparison, Biden would be enjoying his 15th year of retirement if he had spent his career as a commercial airline pilot, or his 24th year if he had been an air-traffic controller. There’s a reason the FAA mandates compulsory departure times for these positions (65 for pilots, 56 for controllers). These are life-and-death tasks that demand peak stamina and mental acuity. The pressure can be crushing, burnout is rampant, and no one wants to see grandpop in the damn cockpit.

Background

Leibovich’s article comes not long after a report from the New York Times which cited “many Democratic lawmakers and party officials” as doubting the future of the Democratic Party under Biden’s leadership. Age was one of the reasons why.

The Times wrote:

. . . many Democratic lawmakers and party officials are venting their frustrations with President Biden’s struggle to advance the bulk of his agenda, doubting his ability to rescue the party from a predicted midterm trouncing and increasingly viewing him as an anchor that should be cut loose in 2024.

Leibovich, in his piece, confirms the Times’ reporting. He writes:

But here’s another recurring theme I keep hearing, notably from people predisposed to liking the president. “He just seems old,” one senior administration official told me at a social function a few weeks ago.

Biden will turn 80 years old this November. He already is the oldest person to ever be elected president, but he would break his own record if he were to be elected again in 2024. If that were to happen, Biden would be 86 by the end of his second term.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, responding to the recent criticism about Biden’s age, recently said, “to be clear, as the President has said repeatedly, he plans to run in 2024.”

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