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Marjorie Taylor Greene and Donald Trump were among the president’s political punching bags on Saturday at the annual dinner in Washington

US President Joe Biden cracked jokes at the expense of his haters as he addressed what is seen as one of his main political frailties – his advanced age – at the annual House Correspondents’ Association dinner White Saturday.

“I believe in the First Amendment, not just because my good friend Jimmy Madison wrote it,” Biden, 80 – the longest serving president in US history – told an audience of Washington’s political and media elite. Madison, the fourth U.S. president sometimes referred to as the “father” of the U.S. Constitution, died in 1836.

Biden continued: “Listen, I understand that age is a very reasonable question. It’s on everyone’s mind and by everyone, I mean the New York Times. Headline: “Biden’s advanced age is a big deal. Trump’s, however, is not.

Earlier this month, Biden confirmed he would seek re-election to the White House, in a race that could prove to be a rematch of the contentious 2020 campaign trail that pitted him against the then president. , Donald Trump, who is 76 years old.

However, polls have indicated that a significant percentage of Americans have little appetite for a second term from Biden – with many respondents citing his age as a major contributing factor. But, despite this, Biden refused to circle around the issue: “They say I’m old; they say I am wise; they say I’m on the hill; Don Lemon said, “He’s a man in his prime! » »

Former CNN anchor Lemon was fired earlier this month after several controversial on-air moments, including suggesting that fellow Republican presidential nomination contender Nikki Haley, 51, “is not at its peak.”

Biden also used the Correspondents’ Association dinner, traditionally billed as a tongue-in-cheek event designed to poke fun at the Washington establishment, to deliver a series of scathing remarks to a host of his most vocal opponents.

“I want everyone to have fun tonight” Biden said. “But please be safe. If you find yourself disoriented or confused, it’s either drunk or Marjorie Taylor Greene. he said, referring to the far-right Republican congresswoman from Georgia.

Donald Trump, Biden’s chief political critic, has not escaped his successor’s crosshairs as the incumbent joked that he was offered ten dollars to keep his speech brief: “It’s a change – a president is offered silent money”, he joked.

The black-tie dinner returned to Washington’s calendar last year after being postponed in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2022, Biden was the first US president to speak at the event in six years, after then-President Donald Trump repeatedly turned down invitations to attend.



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