Physician to the president calls Biden a ‘vigorous, 80-year-old’

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Physician to the president Kevin O’Connor has described President Joe Biden as “healthy” and “vigorous” in a memo about Biden’s health

“President Biden remains a healthy, vigorous, 80-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency, to include those as Chief Executive, Head of State and Commander in Chief,” O’Connor wrote in the memo.

He also wrote that Biden has “a-fib with normal ventricular response, hyperlipidemia, gastroesophageal reflux, seasonal allergies, spinal arthritis and mild sensory peripheral neuropathy of the feet. For these, he takes three common prescription medications and two common over-the-counter medications.”

Biden will be 82 by the end of his current term in office and he would be 86 by the conclusion of a second term. While Biden has not yet made an official announcement about whether he will run again, he has indicated that it is his “intention” to run.

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On the Republican side of the aisle, former President Donald Trump and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley have both announced 2024 presidential bids. Trump, who is currently 76, would be 82 by the end of his second term if he were to win the 2024 presidential contest. Haley, who is 51, has called for “mandatory mental competency tests for politicians over 75-years-old.”

CNN personality Don Lemon, who said on Thursday that he is “uncomfortable” focusing on the issue of age, suggested that Haley is not in her prime. Lemon claimed that performing a Google search regarding when women are in their prime would produce results suggesting that women are in their prime during their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s. He added that he was not saying he agreed with that notion.

Lemon later issued a tweet addressing his comments.

“The reference I made to a woman’s ‘prime’ this morning was inartful and irrelevant, as colleagues and loved ones have pointed out, and I regret it. A woman’s age doesn’t define her either personally or professionally. I have countless women in my life who prove that every day,” Lemon tweeted.

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