Critics Make Obama's Age An Issue In Presidential Race

(Washington D.C.) Ucs News—Barack Obama is 45 years old. You would be hard pressed to argue that that’s an insignificant number – it’s only about 30 years less than the average lifespan of U.S. men, now about 75 years. But it perhaps does not have the sort of visceral impact that some of Obama’s critics might wish it did.

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, at 88, could be Obama’s father, after all. Harrison Ford, who, at 65, is only 20 years older than Obama, is once again gallivanting through an Indiana Jones blockbuster. And an unprecedented number of Americans are crossing the threshold into retirement with the belief that they will stay active into their 80s and even 90s.

So what is someone who wants to spotlight Obama’s age – and the questions they believe it raises about his presidential aspirations – to do? One strategy: Focus not on how old Obama is but on all that is younger than him. That’s the concept behind www.thingsolderthanObama.com, a Web site spotlighting some of the people and things that came into the world after the presumptive Democratic nominee.

“The world is a pretty complicated place right now and I’m thinking that it’s not such a great time to elect a young president,” writes the man behind the site, who wants only to be identified as Joe. “So sue me.”