A Birthday with a Twist for an Aging President

President Biden has no plans for a lavish public celebration when he turns 81 on Monday, despite Democrats' efforts to find a way to alleviate voters' concerns about his age by next year's election.

Many people of a certain age reach a point where celebrating another birthday or marking another passage of the calendar is no longer as exciting as it once was.

That's just for people who aren't even running for president.

For President Biden, who turns 81 on Monday, another birthday may bring more liability than joy, reminding an already skeptical electorate of his age. 

Unlike previous presidents who have held lavish political events to mark their birthdays, Mr. Biden plans to celebrate his milestone privately with family in Nantucket later this week.

The best birthday present for the oldest president in American history would be a strategy for assuaging voters' concerns, but that has been difficult to come by.

 Mr. Biden and his team have taken the position that his record of domestic legislation and international leadership should dispel any doubts about his ability

despite polls consistently showing that that line of argument is not persuasive, at least not yet.

Some Democrats argue that Mr. Biden should do more to contrast himself with his likely Republican opponent, former President Donald J. Trump, who, at 77, has recently displayed public confusion. 

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