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How Many Senators Are 75 Or Older?

News was made at a lunch for new President Barack Obama yesterday when Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts suffered a seizure and had to be taken to the hospital.  Senator Kennedy has brain cancer. Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia also left the lunch. First reports said that Senator Byrd also had a medical issue. His staff later said this was not the case.

(Above you see Mr. Byrd being sworn in by former Vice President Richard Cheney for his most recent term. Mr. Byrd will up for reelection next in 2012The big guy is West Virginia’s other Senator. He is Democrat Jay Rockefeller.)

Mr. Kennedy is 76 years old. Mr. Byrd is 91. This got me wondering how many Senators are 75 or older.

15 Senators are at least 75 or will turn 75 in 2009.  The average Senator is 63 as we begin the 111th Congress.

Strom Thurmond of South Carolina was the oldest Senator ever. He served in the Senate until he was 100 years old.  He was rotten to the end

Here is some interesting  U.S. Census data on the age of the American people.  According to a three-year sample taken between 2005 and 2007, 6.1% of the American people are 75 or older. In the Senate, that number will be 15%  who are 75 or older by the end of 2009.

Here is the list of 75 + Senators listed from the oldest on down —

Robert Byrd  D-West Virgina 11/20/17

Frank Lautenberg D- New Jersey  1/23/24

Daniel Inouye D-Hawaii 9/7/24

Daniel Akaka D-Hawaii 9/11/24

Arlen Specter R-Pennsylvania 2/12/30

(Below—Senator Specter, standing, advocating for the single bullet theory in the death of President Kennedy. Mr. Specter worked as a lawyer for the Warren Commission.)

Jim Bunning R-Kentucky 10/23/31

Ted Kennedy D-Massachusetts 2/22/32

Richard Lugar R-Indiana 4/4/32 

( Below–Richard Lugar with Ashley Judd.)

Diane Feinstein D-California 6/22/33

(Below–Senator Feinstein when she was Mayor of San Francisco.)

Chuck Grassley R-Iowa 9/17/33

Robert Bennett R-Utah 9/18/33

Jim Inhofe R-Oklahoma 1/23/34

(Below you see a famous moment from the Senate career of Mr. Inhofe. He is showing a picture of his family and saying that none of them are gay or have been divorced.) 

Orrin Hatch R-Utah 3/22/34

Richard Shelby R-Alabama 5/6/34

Carl Levin D-Michigan 6/28/34

Here is the web home of the U.S. Senate.

January 22, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Burning Of Obama Pictures In Iran Is Not Creative At All—Time To Talk To Iran

Iranians burn posters of Obama

Some folks in Iran got straight down to business as usual by burning pictures of newly sworn-in President Barack Obama.

Why did they do this? Because they were not creative enough to think of other ways to express dislike for Mr. Obama and American policies. How long are these folks going to go on with the picture burning?  I’m reasonably certain that people across the political spectrum in the United States, and elsewhere in the world, see this behavior and say, “Wwhat else is new?”

I think it shows more effort to make an effigy of an American leader for burning, than simply to burn a picture. We’ve been the Great Satan for 30 years now and this is all they’ve got?

I’m no expert on Iran, but I imagine most folks in Iran want a nice quiet life with no trouble. This is what most people in the world want. We could rustle up a crew here in the United States to do all kinds of crazy things. We’ve got millions of crazy folks here in America. So I’m sure you can find some people in Iran who will burn pictures of Mr. Obama. 

It’s time to talk to Iran—Just as Mr. Obama said during the campaign. And it is time for far greater political freedom in Iran and for a turn away from all this destroy Israel jazz. I wonder how many folks in Iran would really willingly give up a son to fight Israel?  

I have no trouble with the majority of folks in Iran and I’d bet money that most people in Iran have no problem with me either. This endless conflict has an absurd aspect at this point. I hope Mr. Obama makes some effort to reach out to Iran.

Here is some information about Iran from the BBC.

January 22, 2009 Posted by | Barack Obama | , , | 4 Comments