President Biden joked with a reporter on Thursday who asked him when he will get his annual checkup.
“What, do you think I need it?” the 80-year-old commander-in-chief replied.
Biden made the remark outside the Nantucket Fire Department in Massachusetts, where he met with first responders on Thanksgiving and revealed that part of his physical has already been completed.
“I’ve got my — I’m going to get — part of my physical is already done and I’m going to get it before the end of the year,” Biden said.
The president made history on his birthday on Sunday by becoming the first commander-in-chief to turn 80 while in office.
Biden is reportedly in talks with his family and close advisers about whether to launch a re-election campaign in 2024. If he runs for a second term, he would be 86 by the end of it.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was pressed earlier this week about the president’s health.
“So the president is in good health and maintains an active lifestyle. That’s from the doctor. He shared that with me. He will have a physical in the coming months and the results will be released the same way they were last year,” Jean-Pierre said on Tuesday.
However, she declined to commit to releasing the results of the president’s physical meeting before a decision is made on whether Biden will run again.
The president’s age and health have become concerns for most voters.
This was shown by an opinion poll in October 64% of Americans said they were “concerned” on Biden’s mental health, up from 59% in August. The question resonated on both sides of the aisle, with more than 50% of Democrats expressing concern about his age in the survey.
The embattled president has tried to head off those concerns, but acknowledged that his age is a “legitimate” questions for voters.
“I think it’s a legitimate thing to be concerned about someone’s age, including mine,” Biden said in the MSNBC interview last month.
“And I think the best way to judge is to look at me. Am I slowing down? Am I keeping the same pace?” he added, suggesting that he actually felt more like 50.