Born on November 20, 1942, Biden has been the oldest president of the United States for several years, and he wants to stay in office for another term, although the polls do not give him much chance of success at the moment.
Until Biden, he was the oldest US president in office Ronald Reagan, who was 77 years old at the end of his second term in 1987. Biden would be 86 at the end of a possible second term.
Democratic voters are concerned about Biden’s age, and analysts attribute the latest drop in poll support to the disenchantment of large numbers of more liberal voters with his unwavering support for Israel amid the Gaza war.
Biden, who joked about pardoning turkeys in front of the White House, decided to pardon turkeys from a farm in Minnesota named Liberty and Bell, a reference to the famous cracked Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, which became a symbol of the struggle for American independence. The aforementioned turkeys will thus not share the fate of many fellow sufferers who will end up on the festive Thanksgiving tables on Thursday.
The American tradition of Thanksgiving dates back to 1621, when European immigrants from the Plymouth Colony in present-day Massachusetts celebrated a good harvest together with Native Americans. These are said to have previously helped them get through the hard winter by giving them food in times of scarcity.
Thanksgiving – a time of travel
After the pardon ceremony, Liberty and Bell moved to the nearby Willard Hotel, from where they will travel back to Minnesota, where they will await a natural death under the care of the University of Minnesota.
The tradition of pardoning turkeys goes back a long time Abraham Lincoln, however, the first official ceremony took place in 1947 at the President’s To Harry Truman. Then there was a hiatus until 1963, when he pardoned the turkey again John F. Kennedyand regular pardons were introduced by the president in 1989 George Bush Sr.
Biden will spend the holiday in Massachusetts, where he travels on Tuesday. In addition to celebrating the president’s birthday, First Lady Jill Biden will officially welcome the arrival of the Christmas tree in front of the White House.
Americans spend Thanksgiving with their families, and the days surrounding the holiday are among the most travel-intensive of the year. The American Automobile Federation estimates that 55.4 million people will hit the road for the holiday this year, which is 2.3 percent more than last year. About 49 million of them will travel by car, around 5.7 million by plane, and the rest by buses and trains.