Why Does Everyone Seem Fixated On When Joe Biden Will Have A Physical?

The American people have been critical of Joe Biden during his presidency. According to Mass Live, the president's approval rating is down to 41% in a recent poll. He has had more favorable support from the public throughout his first several months in office, but recently, concerns over things like the economy, climate change, Covid-19, and gas prices have had supporters and critics alike concerned.

President Biden's approval rating is still higher than former President Donald Trump's ever was. However, the two Commanders-in-Chief have something else in common. For the majority of his presidency, critics were concerned about Trump's health. While the former president constantly said he was in good health, things took a turn when he was diagnosed with Covid-19 and made a bold statement (via CNN). "Now I'm better and maybe I'm immune? I don't know. But don't let it dominate your lives."

Now, President Biden finds himself at the center of a health debate, similar to the one the prior president experienced through much of his term.

Many fear Biden is not in good health

Now, more than ever, the American people are concerned about President Biden's health. According to a recent poll conducted by Politico, 48% of voters do not feel the president is mentally fit, while 50% felt that he was not in good health.

Being the oldest president ever sworn into office, Biden has felt the pressure. Many people in the public eye have been critical of his physical and mental fitness. A Republican pollster named Neil Newhouse said, "When you watch Biden, you get a sense that he's just missing a beat, that he's not what he once was," He added. "Voters are picking up on it."

However, press secretary Jen Psaki says there is no cause for concern when asked about the President's persistent cough, "We have a doctor who travels with him, obviously who checks in if it is ever warranted, and certainly that continues to be the case, as it has been since the beginning of his presidency," she said.​ "​I don't think it's an issue of concern. I think there are a range of reasons why we may need to clear our throat or we may have a little light cold, and that's certainly something that presidents, elected officials, reporters, spokespeople can confront" (via the New York Post).