Five Things Younger Than John McCain, 5 People with more Political Experience than Barack Obama

By Daniel Temple

Oct 28, 2008-

As the presidential election edges closer, we find ourselves being constantly bombarded with campaign ads that often attempt to tear down the opposing candidate.

            This election’s candidates are not exceptions to this practice. 

            Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain is often attacked for his age, while his opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, is scrutinized for his lack of political experience. 

            But do these claims really hold any truth?  Or are they simply attacks with no factual basis?  You decide for yourself.


 Presidential Candidate, Sen. John McCain


Top 5 Things Younger Than John McCain- Born Aug 29, 1936


1.      Zip codes– Non-mandatory zip codes are announced for the first time in U.S history July 1, 1963.

2.      91% of AmericaAccording to Census Department estimates for July 1st, 2007, there are 301,621,157 people currently living in the United States.  274,485,639 (or 91%) of them are younger than 70.

3.      Use of Penicillin– Although Alexander Fleming is attributed for the discovery in 1928, it wasn’t until 1942 when John Bumstead and Orvan Hess became the first people in the world to successfully treat a patient using penicillin. 

4.      Photocopy machines– the process of photocopying was first accomplished in 1937 by Bulgarian physicist Georgi Nadjakov.  The first plain paper copier was introduced later in 1959. 

5.      Cheerios– the popular cereal by General Mills was created June 19, 1941.  It was marketed as the first oat-based, read-to-eat cold cereal. 


 Presidential Candidate, Sen. Barack Obama





Top 5 People that have had more political experience than Barack Obama- Began his political career on the Illinois Senate, January 8, 1997


1.      Bill Bradley– known in the sports world as the captain of the gold-medal-winning basketball team in 1964 and later a member of the New York Knicks.  Bradley was elected to Senate for New Jersey in 1978 and held the position until 1996, giving him 18 total years in the Senate. 

2.      John Glenn– widely known as the first man to orbit the earth, Glenn also served as a Democratic Senator from 1974 to 1997.

3.      Jim Bunning– a hall of fame pitcher primarily for the Detroit Tigers, Bunning was elected to the U.S House of Representatives from Kentucky’s 4th District in 1987 and held it until 1998, when he challenged and won a position on the U.S Senate.

4.      Wilbert Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel– a popular radio personality in the 1920’s and 1930’s, he also formed a western swing band called Pappy O’Daniel and his Hillbilly Boys.  He served as the 34th Governor of Texas from 1939 to 1941, and later as a Senator from 1941 to 1949. 

5.      Shirley Jane Temple– widely considered the most popular child star of all time, Temple was appointed as a delegate to the United Nations in 1969.  She served as the U.S Ambassador to Ghana from 1974 to 1976 and later as the U.S Ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 1992.  She was also named the first female Chief of Protocol of the United States in 1976. 

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