Former VP Joe Biden was born on November 20, 1942 (77 years old). Senator Bernie Sanders was born on September 8, 1941 (78 years old). Senator Elizabeth Warren was born on June 22, 1949 (70 years old). Even Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was born on March 26, 1940 (79 years old). The Golden Girls of the Democratic Party are getting up there in years. The average life expectancy in the United States is 78.6. While I’m not ignorant of the fact that President Donald Trump is 73, I realize that Trump would be starting his second term at 74 and not beginning his first term at 78 like Biden or 79 like Sanders if they were to win the presidency. Plus, Trump doesn’t look his age. His eye isn’t exploding, his heart isn’t trying to attack him, and his teeth stay in his mouth when he speaks.
Why does age matter? Our bodies naturally deteriorate as we get older. Some age better than others. For instance, from a visible glance at Sanders, we can see he hasn’t aged gracefully. His heart recently tried to kill him. He expects us to believe that he can make outperform President Trump on the campaign trail, and if did, survive through one, possibly two, presidential terms while performing the most stressful job on the planet starting at age 78? How about Biden who’s virtually the same age. We experienced in real-time during a Democratic debate Biden’s chompers almost falling onto his podium. At a CNN town hall, his eye exploded on live television. There are serious red flags when his body can’t withstand the stresses of a live event, let alone the daily stresses of being POTUS.
Biden and Bernie both try to overcompensate by being overly confident and by exhibiting a gratuitous amount of disingenuous outrage over the “mean orange man” occupying the office. They believe it makes them younger, hipper, or cooler. When you carry your corpse around in a bus that says “Malarkey” on it and challenge an obese man to a push up contest, you might be a little too old for serious consideration. These aren’t signs that gain favor with most common people. They don’t seriously present an alternative option to President Trump that would remotely sound appealing to the average individual who’s doing well in today’s Trump-fueled economy.
Yes, there comes a time where age plays a factor, especially when you simply appear old. I don’t say this to disrespect the elderly. I agree that there is a rule that you must be at least 35 years old to be President for good reason. As Americans, we want a mature adult to be of a certain age before he or she takes on the highest office in the land to mitigate against the possibility of an individual occupying that office who is too immature to handle it. Same is now true for individuals who have become too old to be helpful within that capacity because the demands of that job are too cognitively and physically taxing on a person of that age.