Thursday, September 26, 2019

Jimmy Carter Jokes About How Old Is Too Old To Be President

Per a story recently in CNN, Jimmy Carter jokes 'I hope there is an age limit' on presidency.

Former President Jimmy Carter said if he were 80 years old he would not be able to handle the responsibilities of being President and joked that he hopes there is an "age limit" on the office.

The comments from the 94-year-old former commander-in-chief are especially notable as the age of the three top Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls, who are in their 70s, has been the subject of ongoing debate. The 39th president didn't mention any Democratic candidates by name at a town hall at the Carter Center in Atlanta on Tuesday night when he was asked if he might consider running for a second, non-consecutive term.
"I hope there is an age limit," he said as the audience laughed. "You know, if I were just 80 years old, if I were 15 years younger, I don't believe I could undertake the duties that I experienced when I was President."
Carter said the presidency requires mental fortitude and one must "be able to adapt to new ideas."
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"So the things I faced then in foreign affairs, I don't think I could undertake them when I was 80 years old. So 95 is out of the question. I had a hard time walking when I came in," said Carter, whose birthday is on October 1.
Happy early birthday President Carter. This article can be part of an interesting discussion in our classes about the considerations of age.

Thanks to one of my students for sending me this article!

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