Late-night host Stephen Colbert made a Grim Reaper joke about President Biden on his 81st birthday, referencing concerns about Biden’s age and approval ratings.
Biden’s birthday received attention due to his status as the oldest U.S. president, with reports suggesting he’s avoiding public celebrations in order to downplay the occasion.
“Hey everybody, knock, knock?” Colbert asked, acting as Biden. “Who’s there?” the audience answered.
“Not sure, but he’s been standing silently in my doorway for a while now. He’s a pale fellow, big cloak, long sharp knife on a pole,” Colbert joked.
“Smiling right at me, great set of chompers. Look into his eye sockets and see a little movie about all the fun stuff I did when I was a kid.”
The administration has aimed to shift focus away from Biden’s age as he potentially runs for a second term.
“You’re not going to see a big lavish celebration the way Barack Obama celebrated his 50th birthday in office or Bill Clinton celebrated his birthdays in office with fundraisers and concerts and all that,” New York Times reporter Peter Baker stated.
“You’re going to see basically almost nothing.”
“I mean, he’s not going to do anything in public about it today, doesn’t want to call attention to it,” he added.
Other late-night hosts also made jokes regarding the President’s record birthday.