President Joe Biden has turned to a Hollywood movie mogul for counseling and guidance on how to deal with his age as he campaigns for reelection.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Jeffrey Katzenberg is advising Biden to “own” his age and spin it as a positive to voters.
Katzenberg suggested Biden look to Mick Jagger and Harrison Ford as examples.
Although they are both nearly the same age as Biden, Ford is set to star once again as action-adventure hero Indiana Jones, and Jagger still plays concerts for full stadiums of fans.
The Wall Street Journal’s reporting suggested that Katzenberg’s point of view is that Biden should “lean into his longevity as a sign of wisdom and experience while offering a sense of humor about it.”
Katzenberg is a cofounder of DreamWorks, the studio behind movies such as Trolls and King Fu Panda. He was recently tapped as the only non-elected official to work on Biden’s reelection campaign as one of seven national co-chairs.
Another Hollywood personality, George Clooney, praised Katzenberg as a valuable asset for Biden.
Clooney said his ability to formulate messaging would prove invaluable for Democrats, who often struggle to communicate their agenda to voters.
“I always just say, look, everybody keeps coming into Hollywood for cash, and they don’t come to us for the one thing we do better than anybody, which is tell stories,” Clooney said to the WSJ.
Biden’s Age Cited as Concern by Voters
Despite Hollywood’s optimism, voters have consistently pointed to Biden’s age as a detriment.
A recent NBC News poll found that nearly 70% of respondents are concerned that Biden does not have the mental and physical prowess to serve as president again.
Biden is already the oldest president in history to be elected.
He has acknowledged that speculation about his age is “totally legitimate” but asserted he’s capable of leading the country.