That’s Right Nate

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Smear #1: McCain is Old

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Now that Barrack Obama has decided to start his own website to fight supposed smears against him, I thought it was about time somebody countered the attacks going on aganst McCain.  The first smear I will attack is that McCain is old. While most state judges (70), State and local police (55-60) and firefighters (55-60); federal firefighters (57); federal law enforcement and corrections officers (57); and air traffic controllers (56, if hired after 1972); and commercial airline pilots (60) have a mandatory retirement age.  President of the United States does not.

John McCain will be 72 years old this August.  In our youth centered culture that sounds very old.  However, other world leaders are much older than that.  For instance, The Pope is 80 years old.  McCain wouldn’t be that old until his second term.  Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia are both 84, Raul Castro is 76, and Than Shwe did a very effective job of shutting off aid to his flood ravaged country of Burma despite being 75.  In fact McCain wouldn’t even be one of the top 10 oldest leaders in the world.

The average life expectancy of an American male is 74.8 years, but all McCain would have to do is beat that number by 2 years to serve one term and 6 years to serve two.  Furthermore, despite the occassionally misstatement or confusion, McCain seems in reasonable control of his faculties.  Is McCain too old to be President?  Not by a long shot.

Source of Rumor: Possibly Chuck Norris who cited some scientific theory that every year in the White House ages a person 3 years. 


Written by thatsrightnate

June 19, 2008 at 9:19 am

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  1. i love that the other leaders you’ve mentioned (with the possible exception of the pope) are all leaders of brutally oppressed nations. nice job.


    June 19, 2008 at 10:36 pm

  2. oh, and by the way, john mccain IS old.


    June 19, 2008 at 10:37 pm

  3. I would suggest that the Pope is the most brutal in the list. The point is if you’re not too old to lead a junta, you’re certainly not too old to lead a Democracy.


    June 20, 2008 at 6:57 am

  4. wow, for once, we agree (on the pope, that is). maybe they’re brutally hard leaders because they’re old and cranky and want everyone to turn down that darned music.

    oh, and be careful what you say about chuck norris. when he does a pushup, he isn’t lifting himself up…he’s pushing the earth down.


    June 20, 2008 at 11:15 am

  5. oh, and mccain is even older than he was yesterday when i said he was old.


    June 20, 2008 at 11:15 am

  6. That’s family valuers Nate. Attacking my faith, again, when all you worship is money and cruellers from Dunkin Donuts.

    You p-o-ed brother in law.


    June 20, 2008 at 11:48 am

  7. The older you get yourself the more you realize that McCain is really too old to be president. That job takes a lot of energy – especially now, with so many messes to clean up. We’ll see how he holds up on the campaign trail. As you get older the secret to staying active is pacing yourself. And a certain amount of luck. Thing is, you can’t pace yourself if you’re in the middle of a crisis.


    June 20, 2008 at 10:03 pm

  8. Im sorry, but I thought you were fighting against smears (plural)– not known facts?


    October 15, 2008 at 3:35 pm

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