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Biden spox denies president has fatigue issues

 August 31, 2023

A new book claims President Joe Biden has privately admitted to feeling "tired," but the White House denies this assertion.

Amid ongoing debates about whether Biden, 80, is too old to be president or to complete an effective second term, a new book reports that Biden has privately admitted to feeling "tired." However, the White House has denied the claim. The volume in question, The Last Politician: Inside Joe Biden’s White House and the Struggle for America’s Future by Franklin Foer, made the bombshell assertions, the Daily Wire reported.

White House response

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was questioned about the book's claim during a press briefing.

A reporter asked Jean-Pierre about the Guardian's excerpts from the book, which suggested that the president told aides in private that he felt tired and that this explained the scarcity of presidential events scheduled before 10:00 a.m.

Jean-Pierre responded by asking if the reporter thought the "breakfast lids" were put in place because of the book and not because Biden was tired.

The reporter clarified that the book suggested the president told aides he was tired, which is why there have been so few public events involving him prior to 10:00 a.m. Jean-Pierre dismissed this notion outright. She said:

I mean, that’s a ridiculous assumption to make. I mean, that’s a ridiculous assumption to — to make.

Public concerns about Biden's age

Biden's age has been a constant topic of discussion since he entered the race to face then-President Donald Trump in 2020.

At 77, Biden defeated Trump and became the oldest president ever elected.

If he wins a second term next year and completes four more years in power, he will be 86 when he steps down.

Public polling has shown concern about Biden's age among Democratic voters.

A recent poll by the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs showed that 77% of respondents (89% of Republicans and 69% of Democrats) said Biden was too old to be effective if re-elected.

White House concerns about book's publication

Foer writes that Biden's advanced age has been a drawback, robbing him of the vitality needed to maintain a strong public presence or effortlessly recall names.

He wrote:

It was notable that he participated in so few morning meetings or attended so few public events before 10am. His public image mirrored physical deterioration and the dimming of mental faculties that no medication or exercise regimen can counter. Occasionally, in private, he would concede that he felt fatigued.

Foer does not provide a source for Biden's alleged private comments.

However, the book's publisher, Penguin Random House, states that the book is based on "unparalleled access to the tight inner circle of advisers who have been with Biden for years."

The Last Politician is set to be released in the U.S. next week.

The Atlantic recently published an excerpt from the book about the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and Politico reported heightened security surrounding the release and apprehension in the White House.


  • A new book claims President Biden has privately admitted to feeling "tired."
  • The White House has dismissed this claim as a "ridiculous assumption."
  • Despite concerns about his age, Biden's extensive political experience is seen as a valuable asset.
  • The book praises Biden's leadership during the Ukraine crisis and his role in confronting authoritarianism.