Less than a year before the elections in the United States, President Joe Biden celebrated his 81st birthday on Monday. anniversary with the tradition of “pardoning” turkeys, which would become a Thanksgiving dinner.
‘I hereby forgive [os perus] Freedom and bell. Congratulations, birds,” Biden said after one of the National Thanksgiving turkeys was placed on a table next to the president.
The event marks the unofficial start of the holiday season in Washington and also marked the celebration of the president’s 81st birthday, which is already the oldest in United States history.
Age has become an increasing problem for the president as Biden seeks re-election next year.
The issue has helped sink Biden’s popularity, but it was his stance on the war against Israel and the Islamist group Hamas that sent his approval rating to the lowest level of his presidency: 40%.
According to the latest national poll from NBC News, a majority of voters disapprove of his foreign policy regarding the war between Israel and Hamas, with Biden trailing former President Donald Trump in voting intentions for the first time.
However, the difference still remains within the poll’s margin of error, according to NBC News.
Biden’s decline in popularity has been most pronounced among Democrats, the party to which the president belongs, a majority of whom believe Israel has gone too far in its military action in Gaza, as well as among voters aged 18 to 34 years, with 70%. disapproving of his handling of the war.
His birthday was also marked by the arrival at the White House of a Fraser fir taller than 18 feet, which will be the official White House Christmas tree and served as a way for Joe Biden to humorously raise the issue of his age.
“This is the 76th anniversary of this tradition. I want you to know I wasn’t there for the first one,” he joked.
Biden will eat a turkey dinner with his family next Thursday, Thanksgiving Day in the US, which will take place on Nantucket, an island in Massachusetts, continuing a long family tradition.
On Sunday, the President and First Lady served an early Thanksgiving meal to hundreds of service members at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.