When Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, he was the oldest man in history to have assumed the post. When John F. Kennedy ran, many questioned if he was too young. Age and maturity have long been talking points in American presidential elections. But does age matter? Explore the topic in this series of short videos.
A Careful Choice for Vice President
The focus was on the Vice Presidency during the 1944 Democratic National Convention. "It was in the minds of many delegates that whoever was nominated for Vice President could very well become President within the next four years," said Senator Harry Byrd.
The Kennedy Style
The Nixon-Kennedy debates would forever change the way Americans chose their Presidents.
In 1992, President H.W. Bush seemed increasingly out of touch. His critics panned actions such as spending $28 on presents for his grandchildren and not understanding the technology of a grocery store checkout counter.
A Young Leader
In 1954, the Democrats gained control of the Senate, making Lyndon Johnson the youngest Majority Leader ever at 46 years old.
As the 1984 election approached, many voters voiced their concerned with Reagan's age. At 73, he was already the oldest President in history.