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McCain Attends 50th Reunion and My Exclusive Age Research

John McCain is heading to the Naval Academy for his 50th class reunion this weekend. By that complicated math, you can figure it means he graduated in 1958. McCain will definitely be attending the football game this afternoon between Navy and Rutgers.

The pending reunion and longtime, er, awareness of McCain's age led me to conduct a highly scientific opinion poll of his relative fitness to serve among those who might best know: my grandpa's table mates at his retirement home. To see the pretty surprising results of this survey over soup,


Of the five senior citizens assembled, three men and two women, the youngest was 85 years old, the oldest was 91. When asked the question, "Is John McCain too old to be president?" the answer split evenly on gender lines. Both women said that yes, in their opinion 72 was too old to be starting a first term as president. Specifying the first term keeps Ronald Reagan in mind, presumably, who was 72 when campaigning for his second term.

The men saw it entirely differently. To them, 72 was just a "young man," and given his time as a POW, they felt he had more than proved his physical rigor, making his health not a concern. Keeping in mind the youngest man in the survey was McCain's age 13 years ago, does their experience with the age — and how they've felt since — provide a convincing argument?

While you consider that, for the record and in the interest of scientific transparency, it was a survey over spaghetti, not soup . . .


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Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
He isn't really claiming the voter thing anymore because he doesn't want to be tied to ACORN. Google ACORN and you will see why. Just another questionable affiliation....
Imabeliever Imabeliever 8 years
Palin was a sportscaster but similar to a weather girl only a weather girl usually has to actually have a degree in Meteorology or Atmospheric Science.. Palin strung her credits together from 5 differently universities to graduate with a journalism major. And Great Som.. I said nothing about Russia.. you have the wrong person on that sound byte.
fcseamstress fcseamstress 8 years
Ima - Great facts. Didn't know everything you posted, but it needs to be more widely spread. Sommelier - Assuming McCain gets elected AND has health problems resulting in an incapacity to serve out his term... That leaves us with Palin as President... So his health does have a lot of bearing in the decision people will make come November. Is she really qualified to be #1?? You mentioned experience as part of you last post. Seriously think about this... Palin's resume: weather girl, 4 years on city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people Obama's resume: 3 years as a community organizer, the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, created a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spent 12 years as a Constitutional Law Professor. Spent 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spent 4 years in the United State Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I think that talking about McCain's age is not out of line. It is kind of like driving...there are some serious responsibilities that go along with the job, and for all of our safety, making sure he is healthy enough to do the job for 8 years is a serious, legitimate concern. "his father died at 70, his grandfather at 61, both of heart attacks" I think this is very important, because heredity does have a big impact on your health.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
As opposed to the race card or the don't talk about my wife card or the experience doesn't matter card or the change but not necessarily biden card?
janneth janneth 8 years
And the media can't really comment on the failings of the Palin McCain ticket without the GOP playing the sex card or the age card.
janneth janneth 8 years
McCain's time was 8 years ago, but his new buddy Karl Rove did him in. Now McCain's brain is compromised. He tries hard but his thought process is too confused to be President. Maybe some in their 70s are sharper. I am sure of that. It is not agism, it's McCain.
stephley stephley 8 years
McCain: "The U.S. should immediately convene an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council to call on Russia to reverse course..." You: "Obama is calling for the UN Security Council to denounce Russia. It's odd that Obama does not know or remember that Moscow has a Veto power and this will not happen." "Ima, did you not see that the UN can't without causing a huge problem? Moscow holds veto power..." Russia can veto a call to reverse course as easily as it can veto a denouncement - so what is your point in criticizing Obama but agreeing with McCain?
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I agree completely with that statement. What is the point of it?
stephley stephley 8 years
Posted at 10:52 AM on 8/8/2008 by Michael Goldfarb McCain Statement on Russian Invasion of Georgia McCain just delivered this statement in Iowa: ...The government of Georgia has called for a cease-fire and for a resumption of direct talks on South Ossetia with international mediators. The U.S. should immediately convene an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council to call on Russia to reverse course...
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Ima, did you not see that the UN can't without causing a huge problem? Moscow holds veto power. Look it up. If they were to denounce russia they would be going against long standing rules of operation. It would very definately spark wwIII. On top of that, to repeatedly use the wrong wording in stating your opinion, a la Obama, shows a lack of understanding of the process.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Thanks Ima! When I heard her say that she was going to put the federal checkbook online, I thought to myself, "Interesting idea. Too bad it was already implemented by the guy you're running against in 2006." I am surprised I haven't heard anything about that in the media. That's definitely a gaffe and the people who believe that is her original idea need to be told it has already been done and done by Obama.
Imabeliever Imabeliever 8 years
Add that McCain called for changes in the FEC (Fedral Election Commission) instead of what he meant to say the SEC (Security Exchange Commission).. He also thought as President he would have the authority to fire the chairman of the SEC..which he wouldn't. This is a much different McCain than even 5 years ago.. recently during an interview on his plane even a reporter for Time in the middle of an interview was so puzzled by McCain's answers and behavior he jokingly asked "Do I know you?" I am not a doctor.. but in my opinion he is not firing on 100% capacity. And don't count out Sarah.. she recently put herself first on the ticket (freudian slip? :) ). She need to step up to the learning curve.. she said one of the 1st things she would do was put the governments checkbook online like she did in Alaska..but on the federal level ..already been done by Obama..its called Google for Government Sept 2006 Senate Passes Coburn-Obama Bill to Create Internet Database of Federal Spending "All of us have an interest in making sure that our tax money is spent wisely. If it's going to bridges to nowhere in Alaska, if it's going to some fat cat contractor who has a relationship with a legislator, that's money that could've gone to teacher salaries," Obama said. Obama cited the new law as proof that, even though he is sometimes criticized by fellow Democrats for cooperating with Senate majority Reoublicans, the effort is worth it. "It will shine the light. The famous saying that sunshine is the best disinfectant. This will apply some sunshine on the budgeting process. It's just one step. We've got to take more steps to control how we spend money here and make sure it's spent wisely," Obama said.
cotedazur cotedazur 8 years
GS, Medvedev has blatantly violated UN resolutions, so it seems reasonable to use the UN as a channel for expressing disapproval. Germany and France have made similar statements in recent weeks - it was France that proposed the ceasefire in Georgia to the UN (albeit, yes, later vetoed by Russia). McCain, typically, wants to go the renegade way and get together our 'buddies' (who's left now? Israel? England? Australia?) and retaliate without international approval, just like Bush did in Iraq. I don't think Obama is making a gaffe when he speaks about having the UN denounce Russia - he's using the correct diplomatic channels to avoid further isolating the US and starting WWIII.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I love his mom, she looks younger than he does. I love that picture of them.
stephley stephley 8 years "Posted at 10:52 AM on 8/8/2008 by Michael Goldfarb McCain Statement on Russian Invasion of Georgia McCain just delivered this statement in Iowa: ...The government of Georgia has called for a cease-fire and for a resumption of direct talks on South Ossetia with international mediators. The U.S. should immediately convene an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council to call on Russia to reverse course. The US should immediately work with the EU and the OSCE to put diplomatic pressure on Russia to reverse this perilous course it has chosen. We should immediately call a meeting of the North Atlantic Council to assess Georgia’s security and review measures NATO can take to contribute to stabilizing this very dangerous situation. Finally, the international community needs to establish a truly independent and neutral peacekeeping force in South Ossetia."
Bmoney Bmoney 8 years
i am not sure if he is too old or not...However I do have some concerns. Contrary to the article I believe his 5 years as a POW was very detrimental to his health and REAL AGE. If anyone has taken that quiz online that tells you how old you are based on lifestyle, health history etc... I would think five years of anxiety, fear, torture and maybe even malnourishment would add at least 2-3 years to his REAL AGE, making him closer to 75-77. I do not feel Palin is qualified at this time to be POTUS, she may be in time but not now. So his age is a worry in my humble opinion.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Obama is calling for the UN Security Council to denounce Russia. It's odd that Obama does not know or remember that Moscow has a Veto power and this will not happen. This is the second time, in one month, he has called for UN to denounce Russia! I guess his foreign policy advisors have not taught him well. But this is just a slip. Not dementia/Alzheimer's.
stephley stephley 8 years
You might be able to blame something like saying Putin of Germany on mis-speaking. However, 'bomb bomb bomb Iran', confusion about troop levels, Iraq and Afghanistan's borders and putting Spain in Latin America are NOT slips of the tongue.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Wow, have you really not seen all the obama gaffes are do you just choose not to see them?
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
:cheer: Sorry. It had to be done. ;)
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
Again, if McCain is too tired to get his facts straight, maybe he should have someone do his talking for him. He obviously has as much trouble thinking and speaking at the same time as President's just so comforting to know Sarah Palin will be there as backup with her cheerleading squad. :oy:
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Sigh. Again with this. I will answer the same as I did there. Shall we blame all mispeaks on dementia? If that's the case, Bush, Obama, Hillary, hell, even I must have dementia. This is just insulting.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
I think this post from Imabeliever is very pertinent to this thread. "I am not sure it is bashing when you think his age may be catching up to him..The likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s doubles about every five years after age 65. Reagan had experienced difficulty with dementia in his last year in office. Its not outside the realm of possibility. In my opinion it is a possibility McCain is in the stages of early dementia.. he is not the same speaker he was, he is not thinking as clearly, he is slurring a lot lately as well, making a lot of senior moments and if their is something wrong with him soon it will President Gidget. He was confused about which football team he used to tell his captures the names of in a POW story he has told correctly a hundred times before. McCain has said that Iraq and Afghanistan share a border. He has repeatedly said that Czechoslovakia still exists— not for well over a decade. He was confused about the difference between Sudan and Somalia. He was confused about whether it‘s more NATO troops or more U.S. troops that he wants to send to Afghanistan. He was confused about what U.S. troop levels are in Iraq. He was confused about Iran‘s relationship with al Qaeda. He was confused about the difference between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. (Joe Lieberman having to whisper the correction into his ear) He called Putin.. President Putin of Germany. “Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bombing Iran,”joke that was not a joke. his running mate‘s assertion that perhaps we do need a war against Russia. Palin putting herself first on the ticket "thats some of what you can expect from a Palin and McCain ticket" she said. (may be more true than anyone is willing to admit). Mixing up Spain with Latin America and covering by taking a strong stance against one of our allies. I think it is scary and sad. And I could cry in embarrassment for him when they report that people are showing up for Sarah's speech and leaving within minutes of his.. that is horrible...I don;t like the guy but don't walk out cause you already saw the headlining act Palin."
cotedazur cotedazur 8 years
I'm not so sure about that, mswender... he may not have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, but McCain's inconsistencies are sometimes downright frightening. Most recently, he essentially rejected Spain as an ally - a position even more extreme than the Bush administration. The fact that he's (relatively) old doesn't exclude him from the election, but when he starts making errors like these, one can't help but think that he's perhaps too senile to serve:
John McCain's Statement on Trump Comments About Khizr Khan
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