Biden, who turned 80-years-old a few weeks ago, was reportedly upset at how often his health and age are brought up by the media, according to Politico.
“You think I don’t know how f***ing old I am?” Biden snapped.
Publicly, Biden has acknowledged that concerns about his age and health are understandable, telling MSNBC in October that “it’s a legitimate thing to be concerned about anyone’s age, including mine.”
“And I think the best way to make the judgment is to watch me,” he added. “Am I slowing up? Do I have the same pace?”
That same month, Biden was at an event in which he asked repeatedly where Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., was just weeks after she died in a tragic car accident.
Polls repeatedly show that Americans are worried about Biden’s declining mental and physical health. An October survey found that 64% of Americans, including 50% of Democrats, are “concerned” that Biden is too old.
However, Biden’s White House continues to insist that he plans to run for reelection.
“The president, as you know, has been asked that question many times, and he has answered it,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said this summer. “His answer has been pretty simple, which is, yes, he’s running for reelection. I can’t say more than that.”
Even many Democrats are skeptical that Biden will actually go through with another presidential bid, though.
“The presidency is a monstrously taxing job and the stark reality is the president would be closer to 90 than 80 at the end of a second term, and that would be a major issue,” Democrat strategist David Axelrod said earlier this year.