Some might call it a game of chicken to joke about his age, but US President Joe Biden made light of turning 81 as he spent his birthday on Monday butchering two Thanksgiving turkeys.
The oldest sitting president in US history, whose age is a concern for voters in opinion polls, said he received a rendition of “Happy Birthday” ahead of the annual ceremony at the White House.
“I just want you to know, it’s hard to be 60,” Biden said with a laugh, before holding two turkeys named Liberty and Bell to officially bring them to the Thanksgiving dinner table.
It was one of a series of quips from Biden — who will be 82 if re-elected to a second term next year, and 86 when he leaves the Oval Office.
“It’s the 76th anniversary of this event – and I want you to know it wasn’t my first time there,” he said in another lighter moment.
The liberty turkey, which was placed in a box with Biden on the podium for the ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, took approval as Biden issued the presidential pardon.
However, Biden’s joke missed the mark when he appeared to confuse superstar American singers Taylor Swift and Britney Spears.
Biden said Liberty and Bell had to “overcome tough obstacles” to be selected for clemency, adding that it was even harder than getting tickets to singer Beyoncé’s Renaissance tour “or Britney’s tour”… It is a hot summer in Brazil right now.
Swift herself postponed a show on Saturday in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro due to extreme heat after a fan died at the singer’s concert the previous night.
Biden, first lady Jill Biden and members of the presidential family will head to the exclusive island of Nantucket on Tuesday to spend the Thanksgiving holiday.
(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
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