Laughing matter: Biden tries humor to deflect age concerns

It has been said that humor is tragedy plus time. For President Joe Biden, the hope is to stave off a tragedy by joking about time.

Biden, 81, is deploying comedy to deflect questions about his age during a high-stakes reelection bid that could keep him in the White House until age 86.

On Tuesday, the president laughed off questions about whether Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) could be a “Plan B” candidate, telling a reporter, “We’re looking at you” to fill the position. Later that day, he joked that he was “40 times two” at a Los Angeles fundraiser with actress Jane Fonda and comedian Greg Proops in attendance.

While critics and Republicans are quick to point out Biden’s advanced age and apparent memory loss, the
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