REPORT: Biden aides think he looks too OLD shuffling alone to AF1 so now they walk between him and the cameras

There’s a report out today that says White House aides are concerned that Joe Biden looks too old while he’s shuffling alone to Air Force One.

Since it’s an election year, they’ve suddenly changed his routine and are instead walking with him and between him and the cameras.

President Biden has introduced a change to his White House departure and return routine: Instead of walking across the South Lawn to and from Marine One by himself, he’s now often surrounded by aides.

With aides usually walking between Biden and the press’ camera position outside the White House, the visual effect is to draw less attention to the 81-year-old’s halting and stiff gait, Axios’ Hans Nichols and Alex Thompson report.

Some Biden advisers have told Axios they’re concerned that videos of Biden walking and shuffling alone — especially across the grass — have highlighted his age.

Weeks ago, the president told aides that he’d prefer a less formal approach, a White House official told Axios. He suggested that they walk with him.

White House staffers and reporters alike noticed the sudden change in Biden’s walk routine beginning in mid-April, after more than three years in which he’d typically walked solo.

Senior aides — including deputy chiefs of staff Bruce Reed and Annie Tomasini, and close adviser Mike Donilon — are among those who’ve walked with the president across the lawn to and from the helicopter.

Since the change, some advisers think the images of Biden’s walks to and from the helicopter are better, and they expect him to continue to have aides join him.

He’s done it this way for three years and now suddenly they are worried? Yeah it’s always election politics with Biden, even if it means trying to destroy his opponent in the courts.

Ari Fleischer added on X: “When Biden uses the lower stairs on AFOne, his staff is making an 81-year-old walk to the back of a 747, then up an internal flight of stairs (hidden from cameras) and then to the front of the 747. To hide him, they make him walk the length of a 747 twice.”

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