Thursday, August 4, 2011
Happy Birthday Obama!!!: 50 and Still the Youngest Candidate in the Campaign
"In every general election campaign he has waged, Barack Obama has been the youngest contender on the ballot. He turns 50 tomorrow (8/4/11) and the streak appears safe.
In the 2012 presidential campaign, Obama is likely to still be the youngest candidate in the field as all of the Republican challengers who have announced a bid for their party’s nomination are older than he is.
As he did in 2008, when national exit polls showed him winning 66 percent of voters under age 30, Obama probably will try to make his age an asset when he runs for re-election.
“For all of his youth, he’s grayer and his wrinkles are deeper,” said Bruce Buchanan, a presidential scholar at the University of Texas at Austin. “Given the rigors of that job, youth can be an advantage.”
Obama is celebrating his birthday tonight, a day in advance, in his adopted hometown of Chicago with a campaign fundraiser that will feature fellow Chicagoans jazz pianist Herbie Hancock and singer Jennifer Hudson." - read more - via Bloomberg