George Friedman’s Thoughts: The Next President Will Be Over 70

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Perhaps the most important thing that has emerged in the presidential election campaign over the past few weeks is that the next president of the United States will be in his 70s. Several of the remaining candidates would finish their first term in their 80s. The first five U.S. presidents ranged in age from 57 to 61 when they took office. Until 2016, no president was ever elected in his 70s – Donald Trump had turned 70 in mid-June of that year. But in the 2020 election, every viable candidate is in his 70s. In the Bible, it is said that we are granted by God lives that are “threescore years and ten.” It did not mean that we couldn’t live longer or die younger. It meant that, on the whole, the time after the age of 70 was a gift in which we should prepare for our death. None of the candidates seems to be bearing their mortality at the top of their mind. Nor, more important, is the public regarding age as a liability. The fact that all current candidates are over that age has meaning. I say this not only because I have passed 70 but because […]

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George Friedman

George Friedman is an internationally recognized geopolitical forecaster and strategist on international affairs and the founder and chairman of Geopolitical Futures.

Dr. Friedman is also a New York Times bestselling author. His most recent book, THE STORM BEFORE THE CALM: America’s Discord, the Coming Crisis of the 2020s, and the Triumph Beyond, published February 25, 2020 describes how “the United States periodically reaches a point of crisis in which it appears to be at war with itself, yet after an extended period it reinvents itself, in a form both faithful to its founding and radically different from what it had been.” The decade 2020-2030 is such a period which will bring dramatic upheaval and reshaping of American government, foreign policy, economics, and culture.



His most popular book, The Next 100 Years, is kept alive by the prescience of its predictions. Other best-selling books include Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe, The Next Decade, America’s Secret War, The Future of War and The Intelligence Edge. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages.

Dr. Friedman has briefed numerous military and government organizations in the United States and overseas and appears regularly as an expert on international affairs, foreign policy and intelligence in major media. For almost 20 years before resigning in May 2015, Dr. Friedman was CEO and then chairman of Stratfor, a company he founded in 1996. Friedman received his bachelor’s degree from the City College of the City University of New York and holds a doctorate in government from Cornell University.