In a press briefing, Jean-Pierre stated:
“What we say is we have to judge him by what he’s done, not by his numbers.”
Highlighting Biden’s achievements, Jean-Pierre pointed out his success in passing more bipartisan legislation compared to recent presidents in his first three years, his visits to active war zones in Ukraine and Israel, and his efforts to tackle inflation and raise wages.
“Our perspective is, it’s not about age, it’s about the president’s experience. That’s what we believe. And you know, as they say, the proof is in the pudding,” she asserted.
Biden, during the annual turkey pardon earlier in the day, humorously acknowledged the challenges of turning 81, saying, “I just want you to know: It’s difficult turning 60.”
However, despite his lighthearted remarks, polls consistently reveal concerns among voters about Biden’s capacity to serve another four years, given his age. He would reach 86 at the end of a potential second term. Republican critics have repeatedly questioned his competence and ability to perform the duties of the presidency.
Jean-Pierre’s statements came in response to a question about a recent interview with former senior Obama adviser David Axelrod. Axelrod suggested that Biden has a “50-50 shot” of winning reelection and expressed concern about the perceived risk of counting on Trump’s potential candidacy.
While not directly addressing Axelrod’s comments, Jean-Pierre maintained that her role doesn’t involve guiding political analysts’ opinions.