Late night host Stephen Colbert made a surprising Grim Reaper joke Monday about Joe Biden as he celebrated the president’s 81st birthday.
Reacting to reports that some people close to Biden believe that rather than putting him in “bubble wrap,” he would rather joke about his age and not run away from the issue, the CBS host He wore aviator sunglasses.
“Hey, guys, knock, knock?” Biden asked Colbert. “Who’s there?” the “Late Show” audience responded.
“I don’t know, but he’s been standing quietly in my doorway for a while. He’s a pale man, wearing a big cloak, with a long, sharp knife stuck on a stick,” Colbert said. A surprised voice could be heard in the crowd. “He’s smiling at me, great pacifiers. Look into his eye sockets and watch a little movie about all the fun things we did when I was a kid.”
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Colbert also pointed to recent polls showing Biden’s approval rating at just 40%, and said Biden was walking around town holding up poll numbers that were “less than half his age.” I quipped as I was running around.
Biden’s birthday comes as he is already the oldest U.S. president in history, and recent polls and media coverage This reflects both public anxiety and Democratic Party concerns about his potential as a candidate.
On Monday, New York Times reporter Peter Baker noted on MSNBC that Biden was specifically avoiding large celebrations on the day to avoid drawing more attention to the occasion. did.
“We won’t see the big celebrations like Barack Obama celebrated his 50th birthday in office, or Bill Clinton celebrated his birthday in office with fundraisers and concerts.” said Baker. “You can basically see almost nothing.”
“So he’s not going to do anything publicly about this today and he doesn’t want to draw attention to it,” she added, adding that he plans to celebrate privately with his family on Nantucket Island.
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The president joked about his age on Monday as he pardoned two turkeys named Liberty and Belle, saying, “I just want you to know that it’s hard to be 60.” , Baker argued that the current administration wants to take the focus off the president’s age. He is running for a second term.
Politico also reported that some aides have asked Biden to wear more comfortable shoes and walk less in front of cameras to avoid appearing awkward.
Mr. Biden’s staff has grown increasingly irritated by talk and questions about his age, believing it to be a Washington, D.C., drawing room conversation that has nothing to do with his job performance. They also point out that former President Trump himself, currently his most likely opponent in 2024, is 77 years old and not getting any younger.
Biden’s birthday was the butt of jokes on other late-night shows Monday.
Seth Meyers, host of NBC’s “Late Show,” said Biden, 81, did so despite aides “specifically advising him not to do so.”
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FOX News’ Kendall Teets contributed to this report.