Joe Biden’s team of handlers is pushing for him to take extra precautions to avoid tripping and falling in public as concerns mount over the Democrat president’s age and fitness for office.
Biden’s advisors are reportedly pushing for the president to “walk shorter distances on camera” and replace formal shoes with more comfortable ones, according to a new report.
The news comes as an increasing number of Democrats are questioning the Biden campaign’s plan to deal with the president’s age.
“People close to the president have discussed having him walk shorter distances while on camera,” Politico reported.
“They’ve also advocated, at times, trading in formal shoes for more comfortable ones — both to make his stride seem less stiff, but also to reduce the risk of falls.”
Democratic strategists and donors are reportedly frustrated over the Biden campaign’s handling of the age issue.
Some have suggested they haven’t done enough to calm the concerns of the public.
Biden turned 81 on Monday and is the oldest U.S. president in history.
“Many donors are directly urging top campaign aides to go on offense, leaning even harder into Biden’s age as proof of his wisdom in turbulent times,” Politico reported.
“They are pushing for more humor about ‘Grandpa Joe.’
Alan Kessler, a Democrat donor, told the outlet that Biden’s age is increasingly becoming a issue for voters.
He noted that 77-year-old President Donald Trump has rarely been called into question.
“Neither are going to get any younger on their next birthdays, but yet Biden seems to get, on a continuing basis, knocked for his age while Trump does not,” Kessler said.
“No one brings up the age thing with [Trump].
“That double standard is troubling.”
Politico reported that in addition to those closest to him, members of his family were also worried about the age issue.
“Those close allies believe that Biden is mentally up for the job, but some acknowledge that the president can at times appear frail, according to two people involved in the conversations but not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations,” the outlet reported.
Another donor said that after raising concerns about Biden’s age, DNC officials “refused to acknowledge it was a problem.”
Former Obama adviser David Axelrod recently warned that the president’s “age issue” was the one thing hanging over him.
“The one number in the polling that was concerning, and in the CNN poll that followed after The New York Times poll, had to do with age, and that is one thing you can’t reverse no matter how effective Joe Biden is behind the scenes,” Axelrod told CNN.
“In front of the camera, what he’s projecting is causing people concerns, and that is worrisome.”
Axios reported in September that Biden’s 2024 team was working hard to stop the president from tripping during public appearances.
The effort to conceal Biden’s age-related issues comes as the president struggled with a diagnosis of “significant spinal arthritis.”
His team was reportedly going to limit stair climbs and have him wear tennis shoes.