Most of the noise about Obama's youth and McCain's, uh, maturity have focused on the negatives of both. Obama's barely out of diapers, and McCain's practically back in them. Obama needs Joe Biden to burp him after meals and make sure he gets his naps; McCain needs Sarah Palin to floss his dentures and make sure he gets his naps.
This sentence, which is really an afterthought in this story about McCain's age, has me rethinking the Obama's youth in light of history:
Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, is 47 and the fourth-youngest major party nominee. (emphasis added)OK, who were the younger three?
- JFK, who took office at age 44
- Teddy Roosevelt, who took office after winning his own term at age 46 and 4-plus months
- Bill Clinton, who took office at age 46 and 5 months
Of course, insight and knowledge are still essential, too, which is why I'm not in favor of Obama-Palin.
You might also notice that all three of the previous young candidates won.