Biden jokes about his age amid bad polling, rumors that he won’t run

President Joe Biden marked the Labor Day holiday by appealing to the most devoted elements of his base in a speech to union workers, laying it on thick about his economic record and joking about his age which while he may not admit it, is a major problem for the White House.

On Monday, lunchbucket Joe spoke to a crowd of members of the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 19 in Philadelphia, Pa.,  a city as well known for its deep devotion to the Democratic Party as it is for its rampant crime. And during his speech, he sought to quell swirling doubt about whether he’s physically and mentally fit for another four years.

“I tell you what, someone said, ‘You know what? That Biden, he’s getting old, man. I tell you what,’” the octogenarian career politician said. “Well, guess what? Guess what? You know, the only thing that comes with age is a little bit of wisdom. I’ve been doing this longer than anybody, and guess what? I’m going to continue to do it, with your help.”

(Video: Fox News)

During Fox News’ coverage of Biden’s speech, reporter Peter Doocy suggested that Biden’s remarks may be a response to author Franklin Foer whose new hagiography about the nation’s 46th president hits bookshelves this week.

While being interviewed by NBC’s Chuck Todd on this week’s edition of “Meet the Press,” Foer said, “I would say it would, it would be a surprise to me. But it wouldn’t be a total surprise,” the author said, adding, “it wouldn’t be a total shock.”

Doocy also brought up a new Wall Street Journal poll showing that a whopping supermajority of Democrats believe that Biden, who would be 86 years old by the end of a second term, is too old to run again.

He also laid out Biden’s likely campaign strategy to make it all about former President Donald J. Trump and not about his own dismal record and allegations of corruption, including a foreign bribery scandal when Biden was Barack Obama’s vice president.

“Guess what? The great real-estate builder, the last guy here, he didn’t build a damn thing,” Biden yelled at the crowd who ate it up. “Under my predecessor, ‘Infrastructure Week’ became a punchline.”

“When the last guy was here, you were shipping jobs to China. Now we’re bringing jobs home from China,” the geriatric Democrat claimed. “When the last guy was here, your pensions were at risk. We helped save millions of pensions with your help.”

But Biden will have to appeal to more than union workers and the Wall Street Journal poll isn’t a good sign for the larger electorate outside of union shops.

“Although the candidates are only three years apart, 73% of voters said they feel Biden is too old to seek a second term, compared with 47% of voters who said the same of the 77-year-old Trump. Two-thirds of Democrats said Biden was too old to run again,” according to the WSJ.

There just is no way that Biden is going to be able to avoid the age issue and he has only been successful at making Jimmy Carter look like a great leader by comparison so his entire campaign will be more of the same race-baiting and Trump bashing, unless Foer is on to something.

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