Now, before you start sending me hate, let’s face it Donald Trump is too old to ride a bike. And too old for the hardest job in the world. And let’s not forget Washington’s grumpiest, grumpiest old Bernie Sanders. He is also ready to run again. But Bernie Sanders is older than Biden and Trump.
Our constitution states that a candidate must reach the age of 35 to run for president. Do you think we should have a maximum age too? I do. If President Biden were re-elected, he would be 86 years old at the end of his second term. This is twice the age of John F. Kennedy at the time of his inauguration.
Look, I’m 54 years old. I still have a lot of gas left in the tank. But I wouldn’t take the job if you gave it to me. By any standards, this is the most demanding and stressful job in the world. By comparison, my father was a commercial airline pilot. After 37 years of impeccable professional flying, he was forced to retire. Apparently the airlines were concerned that in his advanced age he could no longer effectively handle the stress and workload of the job. He was 60.
Some might argue that 80 is the new 70. Certainly, people are living longer. But I’m not sure I’m alive longer necessarily means that somehow our cognitive decline is delayed. And I’m not sure it makes sense for two octogenarians to fight over who gets control of the Nuclear Codes.
But this may be a moot point. As Peggy Noonan writes this week in the WSJ, Trump and Biden faced backlash from their parties. Biden for being a babbling old man and Trump for being, well, Trump.
Mark Leibovitch, a writer for The Atlantic, recently opined in article that Joe Biden is too old to run for re-election. “He will sometimes mutilate sentences, blank out names, be tortured by teleprompters, lose his train of thought or make no sense — which is not all that unusual for someone his age,” Leibovitz writes. He is right.