Among those of us who have resisted growing up, it's an article of faith that we can put off growing old. We work out, we eat poached salmon, we devour alternative-medicine nostrums while gobbling antioxidant vitamin supplements, just in case. We don't ask the first baby-boomer President for much--not for universal health care, not for campaign-finance purity, not even for a tax cut. But we do count on him, as the emblem of our age, not to give in to the ravages of time. He was re-elected in part because he complied. He looks improbably young. His hair may be gray,...

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