CNN reported that the winning president will be sworn in on January 20 next year. “USA Today” pointed out that if Biden is officially elected, he will be over 78 years old when he takes office on November 20th. Surpassing Reagan to become the oldest president in American history.
The current record holder for the oldest elected president is Reagan. He was 70 years old when he was elected and 77 years old when he stepped down in 1989. He is currently the oldest sitting president in American history.
However, Biden’s age has also become a target of his 74-year-old opponent, Trump, who accused him in public and suspected that Biden is suffering from dementia.
In an interview, Biden responded that it is understandable for people to question his age, “I can prove that as I grow older, my accumulated wisdom and experience can make things better. It’s up to you to decide, not me to decide.”
Highest Votes in the History
Biden has won more than 73 million votes, which is the most votes among US presidential candidates. It has broken the highest number of votes in the US in more than 240 years. Meanwhile, Trump has already obtained nearly 70 million votes, the second most votes in American history.
Looking at past records, former President Obama received 69.5 million popular votes in the 2008 election, Hillary received 65.85 million votes in 2016, and Trump received 62.98 million votes in the same year.
Career and political journey of Biden
Biden was born in a middle-class family in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Delaware and Syracuse University and entered politics in 1970.
During Biden’s nearly 50 years in politics, he has been a lawyer, politician, and vice president. He ran for President of the United States twice in 1988 and 2008, but both ended in failure.
In 2008 and 2012, he served as the running mate of former President Obama twice and served as the Vice President of the United States during the latter’s administration.
When people thought that he would gradually fade out of American politics when he was in his 70’s, Biden once again challenged the White House.
Biden became a U.S. Senator at the age of 30, but his personal career and political journey have been uneven.
He and his family
On Christmas Eve six weeks after he became a senator, a car accident took away his beloved wife and daughter, and his two sons were also seriously injured.
In order to take care of the two sons who lost their mothers and let them no longer lose their father’s love. Biden left the children in his hometown of Delaware for his family to take care of. He travelled daily between the capital, Washington and Delaware by train. It takes one and a half hours one way and three hours round trip every day. He persisted this “journey” for 37 years.
“I do this because I want to kiss them every day and say good night and good morning to them. I go home every day because I need them more than they need me.” He said.
At the age of 46, Biden almost died of a cerebral aneurysm. In his later years, he was in a high position. But had to sell the house to raise medical expenses for his son. Unfortunately, at 73, Biden once again experienced the pain of losing his son.
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