Baby boomers aren’t done yet
Re: “Baby boomers, listen up: It is time to pass the torch — No thriving society finds its fresh thinking among its oldest leaders, David Von Drehle says,” Sunday Points.
Before ushering the baby boomers out to pasture, perhaps a bit of historical perspective would be helpful. When George Washington became president at the age of 56, he was already well past the average age expectancy of his time period, which was 36! When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at age 56, he was almost 20 years older than the average age expectancy for 1865 — 40 years old.
Both Roosevelts were at approximately the age expectancy for their time periods when they left office — old men for their time! The fact that boomers like Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Elizabeth Warren are still vital and active today is a testament to modern medicine and sheer determination — and just a bit to a seeming lack of interest in the generations that follow them. Passing the torch won’t happen if no one is willing to receive it.
Sue Blanchette, East Dallas