Political scientist Professor Joseph Siracusa warned the role of president “ages people” as he noted many presidents often look much healthier and more alert after their stint in the White House. But Professor Siracusa delivered his stark assessment that Joe Biden will not make it to the end of his presidential term as questions have already arisen about his ability to govern at his old age. He added vice-president Kamala Harris may be waiting in the wings to replace Mr Biden if he steps down but dismissed conspiracy theories the elderly head of state was elected simply so Ms Harris could take office.
Speaking on Sky News Australia, Professor Siracusa believed Mr Biden would leave the White House before his term was finished following a series of errors ranging from public gaffes to the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The Curtin University Professor told the programme: “Joe Biden’s troubles continue to double down on him and people want to know exactly what went wrong [in Afghanistan].
“And I’ll tell you what, the presidency ages people and at 78-years-old the president is getting older every day.”
Mr Biden is the oldest US president in history at 78-years-old and is followed by Donald Trump who was 70 at his inauguration.
Questions of Mr Biden’s cognitive ability have plagued his time in office after he continues to make worrying public gaffes.
Professor Siracusa added: “No, he won’t get to the end of four years but a great journalist once said in St. Louis and all the odds in life are nine to five against.
“And so I’d say that his odds are probably nine to five against, I don’t think he’s gonna make it.
“I don’t know if Kamala Harris will be in the background, I don’t know if she has the ability to do this though, I was very high on her at once I thought she had the capability – no Joe Biden isn’t going to finish the term.”
Professor Siracusa then rejected conspiracy theories that say the plan all along was to put Ms Harris as president following Mr Biden’s step down.
He added while he did not believe in the cognitive criticism of Mr Biden, he was not encouraged by his “slurring” during speeches.
Mr Biden has drawn anger from the world community after the US chose to withdraw from Afghanistan which allowed the Taliban to retake the country.
The president’s delayed response due to his holiday added to a long list of gaffes and claims which were soon picked apart by critics.
During a press conference shortly after the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, Mr Biden said: “I have seen no question of our credibility from our allies around the world. I’ve spoken with our NATO allies, we’ve spoken with NATO allies, the secretary of state.
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“Our national security advisers have been in contact with his counterparts throughout the world and our allies.
“The fact of the matter is I have not seen this and, a matter of fact, the exact opposite.”
Mr Biden was widely slammed as many politicians and former diplomats attacked the president for his unilateral withdrawal.
The Democrat leader has also been seen mumbling during meetings and public appearances which saw him talking about a “man on the moon” during a presidential town hall event.
Mr Biden also mumbled through a speech he had in front of him during a FEMA meeting with attendees left awkwardly staring on.