Why were/ are most US Presidents older than 40s?

I hope I don't sound rude with age or experience. I just noted a lot of US Presidents in history were older than 40s or 50s. The youngest US Presidents I recall are John F Kennedy and Barack Obama.

Do the public select an older person with more experience and grounded stability over a 20-30 something year old who may not have a clear vision for the future?

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    6 months ago
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    When youre running for the highest office in the country, a good candidate is going to have a lot of experience in politics and related fields. Putting aside the legal requirement that the candidate be at least 35, noone woumd vote for a 20 something junior campaigner whose entire job experience is flipping burgers in college, and a year or two campaigning for.a junior senator. They dont have the skills or name reconition necessary to attract voter attention

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  • 6 months ago

    Wisdom comes with age

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  • 6 months ago

    Maybe people generally look up to people older than them, but some people do so less for people younger than them. . . There's also the old adage to respect one's elders.

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  • xyzzy
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    6 months ago

    First a person is not even eligible to be President until they are 35. Very few people in their late 30s have the experience or the name recognition to be elected President.

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  • Maxi
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    6 months ago

    John F Kennedy was 46yrs old and Barack Obama 48yrs old which means they have life experience as well as education/work skills/family, likely have run businesses ....very few 20-30 yrs olds have that or are mature enough to do the job although ANYONE would be better than the idiot now

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  • 6 months ago

    The age requirement to be president is 35. The founding fathers felt that it someone one that age to have gained the experience needed to lead the country.

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  • blu
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    The average age of all 44 U.S. presidents who have taken office is just over 55.

    The road to the presidency takes various paths but as a rule, they have a military or political background. The yrs. preceding the presidency build reputation and notoriety which determine popularity.

    Trump is the exception. He was never elected to public office or in the military. His reputation was created by controversy including bankruptcy, fraud and dishonesty. He gained additional fame on a reality show where he fired people. But, he tells gullible people what they want to hear dismissive of the truth. No one knew it could be that easy.

    "Trump’s Prodigious Lying Threatens Our Democracy"

    Even after 10,000 falsehoods, many in the media find themselves unable to call a president who lies a liar.

    https://www.thenation.com/article/trump-lies-eric-...

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  • 6 months ago

    They all old geezers mostly

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  • PAMELA
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    6 months ago

    It can take that age to get into the right senior position to go for president, and no one is going to vote a 20 something into that high office.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    The youngest president was Teddy Roosevelt at 42. Voters and presidential backers expect their candidates to have had some life experience before running for office.

    Article Two of the United States Constitution stipulates that for a person to serve as President, the individual must be at least 35 years old by Inauguration Day.

    • Mike
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      6 months agoReport

      Roosevelt wasn't elected at age 42. He was vice president who became president when McKinley was killed.

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