(Headline USA) Dr. David Scheiner, the longtime doctor for former President Barack Obama, said this week that President Joe Biden’s new physical evaluation will likely downplay concerns about the president’s age and health as he gears up for his 2024 reelection campaign announcement.
Scheiner was Obama’s personal physician for more than two decades before the Obamas took the White House. He said Biden’s age is a legitimate problem, and that although he physically has performed above expectations, it’s unlikely his stamina can carry him through another six years.
“By the time he completes [a second term], he’ll be 86 years old,” said Scheiner. “I don’t care if he’s in perfect health now — which, I can’t believe he’s in perfect health. He’s had too many things in his past history. It worries me that he is aging. If I look at him, he’s not a young 80.”
But the White House will never admit as much, Scheiner said.
“You’re not going to learn anything. They sugarcoat these things,” he told the Washington Examiner when asked about Biden’s upcoming physical evaluation.
One of the particular concerns about Biden’s health is his gait, which is “perceptibly stiffer and less fluid” than it was one year ago, Scheiner explained.
“The gait is not an insignificant factor,” he said, adding that it provides a “peek into the whole physical, mental capability of a person.”
Another concern is Biden’s past medical history, he said.
“Biden had an aneurysm repaired. When you do work on the brain, there’s always a little damage done. He’s had that atrial fibrillation — that can sometimes throw off small strokes. They’re leaving a whole area of concern in my mind,” he said.
The White House is set to release Biden’s annual physical examination results on Feb. 16 — two weeks later than was originally promised.