Bill Maher: Joe Biden’s age is a huge advantage

President Joe Biden (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)
President Joe Biden (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images) /

At 78 years old, Joe Biden became the oldest person ever sworn in as president of the United States. Some argued that this made him unfit for the job but Bill Maher argues quite the opposite has come true.

Republicans used Biden’s age to attack him in the lead-up to the 2020 election. A number of reports came out during the campaign indicating that Democrats were also worried about the septuagenarian and whether his age contributed to his public gaffes.

In the end, it wasn’t enough to keep Biden from securing the Democratic nomination. It also didn’t deter voters from picking Biden over the 74-year-old Donald Trump in a landslide victory for the Democrat.

We are almost 100 days into the Biden administration and Bill Maher says it’s time to give credit where credit is due. The Real Time host used his “New Rule” segment to praise Biden’s performance, crediting it to wisdom gained over his years of experience. Maher also railed against ageism in the segment, which you can watch below:

Late night comedians like Bill Maher had no shortage of material when Donald Trump was president. But now that Joe Biden is in office, things aren’t as easy. Maher admits that President Biden’s age made for low-hanging fruit but now argues that it shouldn’t be used to mock Biden.

Maher suggests that President Biden is “spearheading the most transformative administration since FDR.” The Real Time host says Biden stepped up after taking control of the White House and Biden’s approval rating indicates a majority of the country is behind him.

Wealth inequality, the war in Afghanistan, racial justice, and climate change are areas that Maher cites as examples of President Biden getting things done. The comedian isn’t joking when he says it’s the kind of things “keyboard warriors” wish they were doing while saying “OK boomer.”

Bill Maher calls out the prevalence of ageism in the United States

President Joe Biden’s success gives Bill Maher the chance to rail against ageism and its prevalence in the U.S. The comedian argues that it’s the only “-ism” that is still acceptable. The solution? It’s time for America to grow up, says Maher.

His “New Rule” segment bounces back and forth between praising President Biden and chastising a country that doesn’t see old people as a resource. Maher laments that the elderly are not as revered in the U.S. as they are in other countries.

Maher closes things out by defending the older generation against millennials. It’s not a question of misunderstanding one another to Maher. Instead, it’s as simple as him thinking that a lot of young people have bad ideas and need a little more experience before they figure it all out.

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