The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: The Graying of the Office

The Presidency

Not only has Ronald Reagan dispelled the myth that old men can't be President, he may have started a geriatric parade at the White House that could last for the rest of the century. If he seeks and wins another term, most of his would-be successors will be old men themselves by the time they have a crack at the Oval Office.

Right now the dispassionate oddsmakers suspect that Reagan enjoys his job enough to want it for four more years. More important, the economy is rebounding, and public pressure is softening Reagan's...

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