If our four best presidents entered office at an average age of 50, why am I reading about potential candidates for 2020 who will be in their 70s?
.. We’ve sworn in more than twice as many presidents under the age of 50 as over the age of 65. That serious people are discussing candidates who would be pushing 80 is unprecedented — and sclerotic for our political system.
.. no thriving society finds its fresh thinking among its oldest leaders.
.. “Older adults tend to be slower in conceptualizing and less ready to change strategies when circumstances shift.”
.. In problem solving .. older humans “tend to rely more on prior knowledge about the problem domain and less on new information.”
.. Which might explain how a president in the 21st century could think that coal mining is a key to America’s future.