Ageism

I confess that I was among the first intrepid Texas reporters to ask then presidential candidate Ronald Reagan if he was too old to be president. He was properly indignant. It was not my unique concern, of course, but merely the start of months of journalistic sheep baaing the quibble at him. He was, if I recall, just sixty-nine at the time, while I was a callow thirty-six or so. Thus John McCain, who at seventy-two would be, next January, just two years older than Reagan was on his Inauguration Day, is already being hammered about his age by contemporary callow youth. Fortunately there are plenty of folks who know better.

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