President Bush shone when he met voters in person, but that was not the case in television appearances. “He went into politics as a middle-aged person,” said chief speechwriter Michael Gerson. “He didn't have a set of acting skills that a lot of other politicians had developed over time.
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.
As the 1984 election approached, many voters voiced their concerned with Reagan's age. At 73, he was already the oldest President in history.
The Kennedy Style
The Nixon-Kennedy debates would forever change the way Americans chose their Presidents.
A Young Leader
In 1954, the Democrats gained control of the Senate, making Lyndon Johnson the youngest Majority Leader ever at 46 years old.
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.