Questions of Age and Competence

The President seems fit -but is he too detached?

His hair is thick and wavy; his rolling gait has just a hint of swagger. Since Ronald Reagan became President, his chest has actually grown broader by three inches, thanks to his lifting weights. Posing for a photograph out at his ranch, he looks rangy and hale, an ageless cowboy. On a podium with waving flags and floating balloons, he can mesmerize and uplift. But when he speaks extemporaneously, the effect can be more halting than inspirational. He has long been notorious for bungling facts....

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