08 November 2020 12:34
Joe Biden has been named President-elect (Picture: AP) The President of the United States is one of, if not the, most powerful positions across the world – and following the nail-biting 2020 US election, we now know who'll be sitting in the Oval Office for the next four years. This is why it's not too surprising that most former presidents – all men up to this point – have been of a similar age, with a huge percentage of them taking office in their mid-50s to early 60s. He was Biden his time all these years… (Picture: Getty) If he completes the maximum two terms as president, he will be 86 when he leaves office. Who was the oldest president before Biden? Donald Trump was 70 when he first became President.
Donald Trump was the oldest President until now, now aged 74. When he won his first term in office, Trump officially became the oldest person to assume the presidency. The presidency officially starts on Inauguration Day, which falls on January 20 every four years (unless a Vice President must assume the duties of the President, as was the case following JFK's assassination). This is the beginning of a new political term, and at Donald Trump's first inauguration, he was 70 years, 220 days old. If he completes his full second term in office, he will also be the oldest president to have served.
Theodore Roosevelt was 42 years, 322 days old when he was sworn in. MORE: Donald Trump refuses to accept Joe Biden as president and says: 'This isn't over' MORE: Joe Biden wins US election: Celebrities react to Donald Trump's defeat With Democrat Joe Biden winning the US presidential election, Donald Trump, the Republican incumbent, becomes a one-term US president. Trump joins the ranks of other commanders-in-chief who did not have a second four-year term in the White House. W. Bush, a Republican who lost re-election to Democrat Bill Clinton in 1992, though his one term in office came after eight years of fellow party member Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan made Jimmy Carter (pix), a Democrat, a one-term president in the 1980 election. Reagan himself had made Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, a one-term president in the 1980 election. And, just four years earlier, Carter had succeeded a short-lived presidency – that of Gerald Ford. Ford, a Republican, was never actually elected to high office. In 1932, Republican Herbert Hoover, whose one term as president was overshadowed by the Great Depression, lost re-election to Democrat Franklin D. William Howard Taft, a Republican, lost the 1912 presidential election to Democrat Woodrow Wilson after just one term in the White House. Republican Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd US president, lost re-election to Democrat Grover Cleveland in 1892. Harrison had defeated Cleveland in 1888, but Cleveland ran again four years later and became the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms. In 1840, Democrat Martin Van Buren lost his re-election campaign to William Henry Harrison of the Whig party. John Quincy Adams was only the second US president to fail to win a second term, losing to Andrew Jackson in 1828. The Federalist served as the second US president, after George Washington, from 1797 to 1801. But Adams was defeated by Democratic-Republican Thomas Jefferson, becoming the first one-term president. (CNN) No modern president has lost re-election without grieving privately. The morning after the 1980 election, when Ronald Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter in a landslide, Carter's communications director, Gerald Rafshoon, went to visit the president, who was sitting with bloodshot eyes in the Oval Office. But Carter, like Gerald Ford before him and George H.W. Bush after him, accepted the humiliating loss. We suspected that Donald Trump would not be so graceful about accepting defeat. "This is a case where they're trying to steal an election, they're trying to rig an election, and we can't let that happen," Trump said in the White House Briefing Room on Thursday evening, providing no evidence to back up his incendiary claims that he is being cheated out of a second term. He clearly is not looking forward to entering the Presidents Club, where he will join Carter as the only other living one-term president. Former US Presidents, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Barack Obama, George W. One overlooked casualty of Trump's upturning of many presidential norms is the way he has also upended the norms among the living former presidents: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. He accused his immediate predecessor of wiretapping his office ahead of the 2016 election and called his most recent Republican predecessor's invasion of Iraq "the single worst decision ever made." In an Oval Office interview with the President in 2019 I asked him how he thinks he will fit in in the exclusive club one day. He said he and Bill Clinton had once been good friends, "until I decided to go into politics." When I asked Trump if he could see himself becoming friendly with a former president after leaving office, or rekindling a friendship with Clinton specifically he said, "It's possible. President George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot listen to presidential candidate Bill Clinton speak during a presidential debate in 1992. Being inaugurated into the club, largely built on ceremony and mutual respect, brings up a host of questions, including whether he would go to Obama's presidential library opening. Trump seems proud of his likely ostracism from the Presidents Club, and his contempt for his predecessors is obvious. Now the two men appear in public like old friends and images of Michelle Obama and George W. Joe Biden will face the vexing and--given Trump's uniquely compromised stature--unprecedented decision of whether to allow his predecessor to receive intelligence updates, which has long been standard operating procedure. Trump's unusually close relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, even as the intelligence community says that Russia continues to interfere in our elections, makes continued access a potential cause for concern. U.S. President Jimmy Carter concedes defeat in the presidential election as he addresses a group of Carter-Mondale supporters in Washington, DC, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1980. In the months after taking office, Reagan would not send Carter even the perfunctory daily briefings provided to a hundred top government officials until Carter complained to Jody Powell, who had been his White House press secretary. As Rafshoon told me, when Powell let Reagan aides know he was getting ready to go to the press unless the briefing papers started arriving, they miraculously appeared. W. Bush, who held fast to the rules of the Presidents Club, which include refraining from criticizing the sitting president, had trouble adjusting to the reality of becoming a one-term president. But Clinton knew he needed Bush's support. When Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat came to meet for the first time at the White House in 1993, Clinton's Chief of Staff Mack McLarty called Bush and invited him to be part of the historic event. It would mean returning to the White House less than a year after he was forced out of it. The Clintons invited the Bushes to stay overnight, but the former president declined. Bush's former press secretary Ari Fleischer put it well when he said, "There is a nice nonpartisan loftiness you hope exists among the ex-presidents—they don't take potshots at their successors.