Nov 20, 2020

By Christine Ross

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U-S president-elect Joe Biden is celebrating his 78th birthday Friday, but is spending the day in meetings with top Democratic officials.

In January, Biden will be sworn in as the oldest president in American history. He’ll bump Ronald Reagan from the top of the list, who left the White House in 1989 at 77 years and 349 days old.

Biden will be attempting to accomplish another feat: demonstrate to Americans that age is but a number and he’s up to the job.

The age and health of both Biden and President Donald Trump —  less than four years Biden’s junior — loomed throughout a race.  But Biden was keen to demonstrate he’s got the stamina to serve.

Biden supporters that during the pandemic he  relied on home workouts involving a Peloton bike, treadmill and weights. In 1988, Biden suffered two life-threatening brain aneurysms, and has an irregular heartbeat but  has not required any medication or other treatment for it. 

Meantime, another influential American turns 80 on Christmas Eve.

Infectious Diseases expert Anthony  Fauci power walks 3.5 miles a day to relax from his high stress job.In 1984, he completed a marathon in just 3:37 —  a personal best. The 79-year-old White House advisor has been putting in 20-hour days fighting COVID-19.

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