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    Aylon Gipson '24  Speaks on the State of the Union address

    March 11, 2024

    Originally published on BBC

    President Joe Biden gave a vigorous State of the Union address on Thursday, working to counter a narrative haunting his re-election bid - that he's too old for the job.

    US political pundits and analysts called his roughly 60-minute speech "fiery" and "forceful".

    Mr Biden, 81, is the oldest president to hold office, and opinion polls often show his age is on the minds of American voters.

    We asked members of our US voter panel, many of who had supported Biden but expressed concerns about his age, if his speech had affected how they see him.

    Aylon Gipson, Alabama, DemocratIMG_4548

    A 21-year-old economics student at Morehouse College, an historically black university, Aylon voted for the first time in the last election.

    "I have concerns about his age. He's about the age of my grandmother, and I know how my grandmother is.

    But I think we saw a fiery speech from him yesterday, and it made me more confident. He showed us that he can still be quick on his feet. He delivered some blows back to Republican hecklers that were excellent.

    I'll definitely be voting for Joe Biden, even though he has issues and problems with age.

    Biden followed through on delivering a black woman to the Supreme Court. He has fought against losing protections with the overturning of Roe v Wade. He's done his best to cancel student loan debt."

    Read the full article on BBC News

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