Trump launches; Biden is considering it; Pelosi gives up, but still hangs on a bit. They are 76, soon to be 80 and 82 years old. No question of being ageist, of “get over it, uncle! », but how laborious it is to make room for the youngest, for new ideas and for other experiences!
Among the surprises they have in store, the mid-term elections mandate in the United States will have made the Democrats want to renew their world. Nancy Pelosi, dismissed from the presidency of the House of Representatives with the victory of the Republicans, will henceforth be content with the role of congresswoman of California, a task that she has assumed all the same since… 35 years.
Steny Hoyer, who we know less at home, occupied the second position in the House behind Pelosi. He too has chosen to give up his place in the Democratic leadership, but will continue to represent the 5th district of Maryland, which he has already done for… 41 years.
Joe Biden, it is said in his entourage, has maintained a breakneck pace in Asia over the past few days. However, he multiplies the signs of fatigue, dragging his words, getting bogged down in his sentences, getting lost in his speeches. One term for the octogenarian president should be enough!
It was so much better before!
If Joe Biden decides to fight for his re-election, it will be mainly because of Donald Trump. He beat him once, he often repeats, he can do it again.
Bad idea, because the speech the ex-president gave at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday the latter alone demonstrates the risk posed by people in their 70s – and 80s – who cling.
Trump served up a barely-edited reprise of his 2017 swearing-in speech, the notorious “American carnage” with borders wide open to fentanyl traffickers and blood spilling on city streets from crime the Biden's “left-wing Democratic radicals” not fighting.
No fresh ideas from 45th president; alone, the nostalgia of his four years in the White House as an alternative. Hopeless!
Almost everywhere the same
The United States does not have a monopoly on leaders who stay in control a little too long. In China, Xi Jinping may only be 69 years old, but with the political and constitutional shenanigans he has carried out, he has ensured that he will be unstoppable for a good decade.
Vladimir Putin, from the height of his 70 years, took the trouble to remove, imprison, even to have assassinated those who could threaten his authority. We will see if the setbacks of his war in Ukraine will prove that he was his own worst enemy.
Luckily, younger leaders are popping up here and there. Moreover, the mid-forties are becoming the benchmark: newly elected head of the Italian government, Giorgia Meloni is 45 years old, while Emmanuel Macron, in France, is 44, just like Volodymyr Zelensky in Ukraine. .
And who in the United States is the same age? Ron DeSantis, the Republican Governor of Florida whom Donald Trump sees in his soup. Hold on!
THE FIVE OLD HEADS OF STATE IN THE WORLD
1) Paul Biya, President of Cameroon, 89 years old
2) Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, 87 years old
3) Salman bin Abdelaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia, 86 years old
4) Francis (Jorge Mario Bergoglio), Pope, Vatican, 85 years old
5) Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Iran, 83 years old
THE FIVE YOUNGEST HEADS OF STATE
1) Ibrahim Traoré, President of Burkina Faso, 33 years old
2) Gabriel Boric, President of Chile, 36 years old
3) Sanna Marin, Prime Minister of Finland, 37 years old
4) Mohammed bin Salman, Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, 37 years old
< strong>5) Kim Jong-un, supreme leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), 39 years old