In a (slightly) ironic twist, PBS last night broadcast Churchill's Secret, a fictionalized dramatization of the stroke suffered by Winston Churchill in 1952, during his second Premiership. Which got me thinking, What is the ideal age for a nation's top political leader? Our Constitution requires that a President be at least 35 upon taking office. This was put into law at a time when life expectancies where much lower, and political dynasties tended to elevate sons to high position. William Pitt the Younger famously became British PM at the age of 24. It seems unlikely that we will see too many serious candidates at such a young age. On the other end of the spectrum, it seems that 70 is probably close to the upper limit on a first time President. If re-elected that person would be close to 80 upon retirement.