The NYT tells me
that Donald Rumsfeld is "the oldest defense secretary in the nation's history." Boy Howdy! And that John McCain could be older than Reagan if he ran for president. Wee! Zip! Bang! Honestly, though, why are they including this bit of information? To imply that these folks are all decrepit old freaks, unfit for command? Hmmm? People are living longer these days, growing older, medicine is awesome. We're bound to start seeing presidents older than Reagan, and defense secretaries older than Rumsfeld. It's really no big deal.
(Okay, yes, Donald Rumsfeld is
unfit for command. But it has nothing to do with his age...)