|A Biden campaign ad from 47 years ago|
That photo is from The Atlantic's story about the Grey Race for the White House:
“Joe Biden. He understands what’s happening today.” The newspaper ad ran a few weeks before the 1972 Senate election in Delaware, when the upstart 29-year-old was challenging a 63-year-old incumbent.It was all about the sideburns back in the '70s. Then, in the '90s, for Biden it was all about the hair plugs. Now he's all about the disappearing white hair.
You may be wondering which of the 2020 Democratic candidates had not yet been born when Joe first ran for Senate based on his hip now-ness. I looked it up.
- Pete Buttigieg, 37
- Eric Swalwell, 38
- Tulsi Gabbard, 38
- Seth Moulton, 40
- Julian Castro, 44
- Wayne Messam, 44
- Andrew Yang, 44
- Tim Ryan, 45
- Beto O’Rourke, 46
Hell, even Bernie Sanders was only 30 years old back in 1972.
The Mod Squad was still running on TV then, and I would not be surprised if Joe took some of his mod styling cues from the White Guy member of that countercultural crime-fighting trio. Men's fashions were that embarrassing then.