Amid a raging coronavirus pandemic, a fragile economic recovery, and unprecedented security measures across Washington, Joe Biden’s inauguration as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday will be memorable on many levels, including due to your age.
At 78, he is the oldest president-elect in history, breaking the record set by his predecessor Donald Trump, who was 70 when he was sworn in in January 2017.
That means Biden is 40 years older than the median age in the United States, according to the latest data available from the Census Bureau.
Since Jimmy Carter’s inauguration in 1977 through Trump, the median age of the commander-in-chief was 54, and Democrats were younger than their Republican counterparts, making Biden an outlier.
The president-elect arrived in the nation’s capital on Tuesday, ready to assume power as the nation reels from the coronavirus pandemic, rising unemployment and grave concerns about more violence as he prepares to take the oath.
Biden, who ran for president as a cool head who could get things done, plans to issue a series of executive orders on day one, including reversing President Donald Trump’s effort to abandon the Paris climate accord, canceling his ban on traveling visitors from several predominantly Muslim countries and pushing the pandemic-era boundaries on evictions and student loan payments.
With information from AP
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