Sunday, August 30, 2009


Perhaps, age need not be too important a factor in the coming presidential polls. Many outstanding world leaders were the matured persons who had gathered enough experience, wisdom and stature to lead their respective countries through difficult times. Some of these men were no less than Konrad Adenauer of Germany, Charles De Gaulle of France, Winston Churchill of the United Kingdom, Mao Tse-Tung of China and Ho Chi Minh of Vietnam. Let's not forget President Ronald Reagan. He was already 69 when he won the presidency.

At par with Reagan, Franklin Delano Roosevelt probably was the best president America ever had. He ruled his country from a wheelchair. The presidency of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the youngest man elected US President, is much remembered for his sexual indiscretions.

Younger leaders could still be susceptible to temptations of wealth, power and the call of the flesh.

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