Biden defends age, offers weaker defense of Netanyahu in rare print interview

President Joe Biden bristled when asked if he could meet the challenges of a second term during a rare print interview that attracted attention for his notably weaker defense of Israel’s war in Gaza.

Biden, the oldest man to serve as president, has faced scrutiny over his age. He would be 86 at the end of his presidency if he beats presumptive Republican nominee former President Donald Trump in November.

“I can do it better than anybody you know,” Biden told Time in a profile published Tuesday. “You’re looking at me. I can take you, too.”

At the same time, interviewer Massimo Calabresi wrote how Biden’s “stiff gait, muffled voice, and fitful syntax … cut a striking contrast with the intense, loquacious figure who served as senator and vice president” after
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