“Age is like art — it’s a matter of interpretation.” – Nancy Pelosi, Democratic minority leader in the House of Representatives. Pelosi made this statement in a New York Times article entitled, “Republicans Paint Clinton (Hillary) As Old News For the 2016 Presidential Election”. In spite of the fact Bill Clinton effectively employed the same strategy against Bush Sr. and Bob Dole, Republicans may be venturing into dangerous territory with this message. There are almost 80 million baby boomers in this country (of which Clinton is a part). And they vote.
As much as I enjoy politics, it was Nancy Pelosi’s statement that grabbed me, however. I love art and I’m definitely aging, evidenced by the fact I will be 60 in 12 days. Fine art (or even fun art) is definitely subjective and the appreciation is up to interpretation. So it is with age- whose to say what 50, 60, or 100 looks like any more? I remember watching the 1967 film, Barefoot In the Park a few years ago. The movie starred Jane Fonda and Robert Redford. Fonda’s movie mother looked positively matronly at 50ish, and slept with a board underneath her mattress because of her bad back. Fifty+ looks a lot different today. There is certainly a higher cool quotient among this age category than there was 46 years ago when this movie was made.
So yes, I would argue Nancy Pelosi is correct- age is up to interpretation and I think many Baby Boomers will interpret it a lot differently than did our parents. I find that comforting and quite exciting.