Here’s another Straussian subtext to “Why I Hope to Die at 75” in The Atlantic by bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel, a leading architect of Obamacare and brother of the mayor of Chicago and the Hollywood superagent portrayed by Jeremy Piven on Entourage:
Many of the leading candidates for the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination would be by the conclusion of a second term in the White House well into what Ezekiel Emanuel tells us are their Better-Off-Dead years.
For example, on January 19, 2025, outgoing two-term President Hillary Clinton would be 77 years old. President Joe Biden would be 82. President Jerry Brown would be 86. President Elizabeth Warren would be 75 and a half. President Bernie Sanders would be 83.
In contrast, to pick completely at random an example of a younger Democratic leader with both foreign and domestic experience, President Rahm Emanuel would only be a still vibrant 65 after his two triumphant terms in the White House.