Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune.

Winston Churchill was 65 when he became prime minister of Great Britain in 1940. He became prime minister again in 1951 at the age of 76; when he left office in 1955 he was 80.

Konrad Adenauer became the first chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1949 at the age of 73. He remained chancellor until his retirement in 1963 at the age of 87.

In 1958, at 68, Charles de Gaulle was elected the first president of the Fifth Republic of France. He held this office until retiring in 1969 at the age of 78.

In 1994, Nelson Mandela -- after 27 years in prison -- became the first democratically elected president of South Africa. He was 75 at the time.

And of course, Ronald Reagan, now commonly ranked among the greatest American presidents, was 69 when he became president of the United States in 1981 and 77 when he left office in 1989.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sorry about that.

McCain looks not only old, but SICK, so I wouldn't be bettin on that old paint to last too much longer.

Also, Reagan might've been a great actor that fooled a whole bunch of people for a long time, but many of us weren't, and his age caught up with him in a bad way, well, I should say it was bad for him, probably less so for the poor that had to endure his ridiculous policies. "I'm Ronald, really?"