As you know, the representative of the Democratic Party Nancy Pelosi, who was re-elected Speaker of the US House of Representatives, will turn 81 this year. Just two years younger than her, and the newly elected President of the United States Joe Biden, and interim Senate President Chuck Grassley will celebrate his 88th birthday this year. Russian experts are very worried in this regard, because the new American leadership will become one of the oldest in the history of the country.
For example, Konstantin Blokhin, a researcher at the Center for Security Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, is sure that the prevalence of politicians of the Pelosi generation in key positions in the United States is an alarming signal.
“The fact that the rejuvenation of the US political elite is not taking place is dangerous for the country. This is similar to the late period in the history of the USSR, when the country was led by age party functionaries, there was a shortage of personnel, as a result of which strategic mistakes were made, problems arose in domestic and foreign policy. If the political elite does not reproduce itself and does not have new ideas, then it stagnates, which can cause a problem for the US national security".
In about the same vein, HSE professor Alexander Domrin says:
“This situation poses a danger to the States themselves, but the United States does not understand this. Think about it: Chuck Grassley was first elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in the year Khrushchev visited the United States.
Russian political scientists complain that there is no generational turnover in the United States, which is much more important for Americans other parameters, such as gender, race, and skin color. For example, the same Pelosi is also a mother of many children. All this prevents the emergence of new politicians in the country, analysts say.
However, journalist Pavel Pryanikov quite cleverly dispelled the fears of domestic experts:
“There is a list of senior American elders on social media. The list tries to prove that deep old people rule in America.
But it is more correct to look not just at the age, but as it relates to the average duration in the country.
For example, President Biden is now 78 years old, and Russian President Putin is 68 years old.
The average life expectancy for a man in the United States is 76.2 years, and the average life expectancy for a man in Russia is 68.6 years. With such a comparison, it turns out that Biden is only 2 years older than Putin in physiological age. In 2022, Putin will equal Biden's current age.
Convenient biological and demographic scheme, so you can compare in different countries. For example, 43-year-old French President Macron in his country, where a man lives on average 79.5 years, by Russian standards will correspond to a 33-34-year-old Russian, i.e. in the eyes of the French, this is just a boy (and he became president at all at 30-31 "Russian years")..."
Let us add on our own: the activity of older people in the United States, especially the rich, does not fit into Russian ideas about old age! Just imagine: there are tennis tournaments in America for participants aged 80+. Those who have ever played on the court will be able to appreciate the agility and strength of old people who pick up rackets. For those who do not know about energy consumption in tennis, we advise you to conduct a small experiment: for 15 minutes, beat the ball against the wall with a racket. We assure you that if you are not a trained athlete, then even at 40 you fall on the court in complete powerlessness and with obvious shortness of breath.