Elaine Byrne: Biden should have the courage to not run again, despite his excellent record

By any objective measure, Joe Biden has been a very effective president – but most Americans, on both sides of the aisle, see his age as a liability

At 80 years of age, Joe Biden is already the oldest American president in the country’s history. If he secures a second term, he will be 86 at the end of his tenure. Picture: Getty

“President Biden has built the most significant legislative record of any president since Lyndon B Johnson,” tweeted the White House on St Stephen’s Day last year.

Joe Biden’s legislative record is impressive. Despite holding a narrow majority in the US Congress, the Democrats managed to get the landmark Inflation Reduction Act across the line. Known as the “IRA”, the subsidies and tax credit package commits $369 billion in renewable energy measures, the largest investment in ...