Former Democratic president Jimmy Carter, who turns 95 October 1st, gave his annual address at the Carter Center in Atlanta last week. He was asked to comment about the current presidential race and the upcoming election.
ARE BIDEN, SANDERS, TRUMP & WARREN TOO OLD TO BE PRESIDENT?
An audience member, in jest, asked if he would ever consider running for the Oval Office again. His answer was an emphatic “NO.” He said, “I hope there’s an age limit.”
“If I were just 80 years old, if I were 15 years younger, I don’t believe I could undertake the duties I experienced when I was president.”
“You have to be able to go from one subject to another and concentrate on each one adequately and then put them together in a comprehensive way like I did between Begin and Sadat with the peace agreement.”
Carter said the job requires a president “to be very flexible with your mind,” particularly on foreign affairs. He was speaking on the 41st anniversary of the Camp David Accords, a peace agreement he negotiated with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
It can be assumed that he was probably referring to Bernie Sanders, currently age 78, Joe Biden, currently 76, Trump currently 73 and, perhaps, Elizabeth Warren, currently 70. Even Warren, born just three years after President Trump, will be older than he was when she is inaugurated.
Democrat Primary Candidates, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden would both turn 80 during their first terms.
TOO OLD TO BE PRESIDENT? FOREIGN AFFAIRS IS TOO COMPLEX
“The things I faced in foreign affairs, I don’t think I could undertake them at 80 years old. At 95, it’s out of the question. I’m having a hard time walking.”
The 39th president was age 56 when 68-year-old Ronald Reagan beat him for re-election in 1980. The Media made Reagan’s age an issue, but Carter and Democrat policies had mired us in a decade-long recession back then. Many Americans knew Carter had no ideas to improve the economy. Does that sound familiar?
When Carter’s Vice President Walter Mondale, age 56 at the time, challenged Reagan in 1984, the Media made Reagan’s age an issue, again. But Reagan had pulled America out of a horrible recession (darn! that sounds familiar!) during his first term, so he won in a landslide. Indeed, Mondale carried only one state, his own Minnesota.
Reagan served two terms and left office at age 77, the oldest sitting president in history.
If elected, both Biden and Sanders would be older upon their inaugurations than Reagan was on his final day in the Oval Office. At 73, President Donald J. Trump set a new record. He passed Reagan’s mark as the oldest newly elected president in history and will be the oldest president to leave office in January, 2025 (age 78).
CARTER IS A SOCIALIST WHOSE GOAL IS TO DEFEAT TRUMP
Carter repeated his previous disclosure that he voted for self-proclaimed Socialist, Bernie Sanders, in the 2016 Democrat primary. Despite his desire for Socialist control, Carter has warned Democrats not to go too far Left. He is concerned Dems risk alienating independents and Deep State Republicans who can help the Dems defeat our populous president.
“I’m going to keep an open mind (about Dem primary). One of the major factors I will have in my mind is who can beat Trump.”
Speaking about his post-presidency legacy, Carter said he wants the Carter Center, which has focused on public health and election monitoring, to be more willing to combat the climate change, and explicitly take sides against war.
“The Carter Center has been basically mute on the subject of global warming,” Carter said, putting blame on himself. However, Carter did not explain why he has not supported Trump’s efforts to get America out of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Trump has certainly proven he is not too old to be president.