Biden teases Trump at Gridiron club dinner

At the historic Gridiron Club dinner in Washington, President Joe Biden lightened the political atmosphere with a jest at former President Donald Trump’s expense, hinting at the ongoing debate over mental fitness for presidency. Amidst a gathering of over 650 distinguished guests, including Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Jeff Bezos, and TikTok’s Shou Zi Chew, Biden quipped, “One candidate is too old and mentally unfit to be president. The other one is me.”

The 81-year-old President humorously added that Trump mistakenly believes he’s competing against Barack Obama, showcasing Biden’s playful side to an audience that spanned political and business elites. This marked Biden’s inaugural attendance at the Gridiron Club’s dinner during his presidency, signaling the warming up of the 2024 election race where a rematch with the 77-year-old Trump is anticipated.

Biden’s participation revived a tradition of presidential attendance not seen since Trump in 2018, emphasizing the importance of a free press—a direct counterpoint to Trump’s harsher critiques of the media. The event, known for its light-hearted exchanges between politicians and journalists, also featured discussions on serious topics like the war in Ukraine, with Biden expressing steadfast support for Ukrainian resilience.

The evening saw contributions from both Democratic and Republican representatives, with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Utah Governor Spencer Cox delivering remarks, the latter humorously announcing a presidential run for 2052, by which time he quipped he’d still be younger than both Biden and Trump.–Web Desk