Whether it is taking the stairs two at a time as he boards Marine One, the jog strides he adds striding across the apron to Air Force One, or the youthful aviator sunglasses that appear with the sun, President Joe Biden knows how to demonstrate the vigor that people expect in their commander in chief.
His Twitter feed includes a steady stream of slow-motion videos showing the 78-year-old striding purposefully from one place to another.
But a recent stumble on the executive jet’s stairs ignited fresh concerns about his fitness and scrutiny of the way the White House is managing the optics of the nation’s oldest president.
Presidential historian Craig Shirley said displays of fitness are a staple of the TV-era presidency, from John F. Kennedy playing tennis to Ronald Reagan chopping logs. The White House strategy was clear in the 64-day wait for Biden’s first press conference, he added, and the occasional early “lid,” sending journalists