Jibes about Joe Biden’s age shine light on issues facing older politicians

Description of US president as an ‘elderly man with a poor memory’ in an official report provoked outraged defence from the White House

It should have been a good day for Joe Biden. After all, no charges are to be filed against the US president after an inquiry into his mishandling of classified files. But the official report from Robert Hur, the special counsel at the Department of Justice, was devastating nonetheless.

Hur’s description of Biden, 81, as an “elderly man with a poor memory” who had “diminished faculties in advancing age” provoked an outraged defence from the White House.

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