The 2024 presidential election will be old news

With early voting for the presidential primary election ending March 8 and Election Day being held March 12 in DeKalb County, most voters cast their ballots for the Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden or the Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. Is anyone else feeling like they’re experiencing déjà vu?

Although voters on different ends of the spectrum may not agree on much, there is one fact that neither side can argue their way out of: if Biden, 81, and Trump, 77, are the candidates on Election Day, they would break their own record — set four years ago — as the oldest candidates in U.S. history, according to the The Washington Examiner.

And as Election Day draws closer, think pieces galore about Biden and Trump’s possible cognitive decline, mental sharpness, and capacity to do the job without croaking are cropping up on every news site and social media platform.

More general “How old is too old to serve in an elected position?” articles are creating online buzz as well.

As a Millennial who lives up to the stereotype of running on iced coffee, memes, and anxiety, I’ll be the first to admit that when I see the numbers 77 and 81, I think of some of the similarly aged elderly people I know who shouldn’t be driving a car, much less running for president.

Officials with the American Federation for Aging Research, however, says the public is making a mountain out of a mole hill by focusing on Biden and Trump’s ages.

In a recent online webinar hosted by panelists with American Federation for Aging Research, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance research on aging, officials agreed ​​that age should not preclude either Biden or Trump from serving another four years as president, according to The Washington Examiner.

It appears that voters are more skeptical, however—age and fitness of both candidates have topped some polls asking voters about their concerns about the upcoming election.

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule; there are plenty of people in their 70s and 80s who are independent, active, and sharp as tacks.

Personally, I just hope that once I reach my golden years, I have enough self-awareness and mental acuity to understand my own limitations.

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One thought on “The 2024 presidential election will be old news

  • March 18, 2024 at 4:45 pm
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    Few politicians are truly fit for the responsibilities and power that we give them. As with every election, the selection of President is a political process determined by who can get the most influential people to back them. That is the only definition of “being able to do the job”.

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