A Brief Visual History of Presidents Leaning on Things That Aren’t Walkers

These items are not walkers, and neither is the chair posing with Hillary Clinton on the cover of <em>People</em> magazine.

Not a walker.
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Matt Berman and Marina Koren
June 4, 2014, 11:14 a.m.

A pic­ture may be worth a thou­sand words, but “walk­er” isn’t one of them in People magazine’s cov­er photo of Hil­lary Clin­ton.

The sug­ges­tion that the former sec­ret­ary of State is lean­ing on a walk­er rather than the back of a patio chair came from The Drudge Re­port on Wed­nes­day, adding some more fuel to the con­ver­sa­tion over wheth­er Clin­ton, 66, will be too old to run for pres­id­ent in 2016. The Wall Street Journ­al piled on with this tweet:

But pres­id­ents have been lean­ing on stuff for dec­ades — cen­tur­ies even. Some of them were pretty old while they were do­ing it, too. As in Clin­ton’s case, none of the items were walk­ers. Take a look.

George Wash­ing­ton:

Ab­ra­ham Lin­coln: (Smith­so­ni­an In­sti­tu­tion) Teddy Roosevelt: (Lib­rary of Con­gress) War­ren Hard­ing: (Lib­rary of Con­gress) Lyn­don B. John­son: (White House Press Of­fice) And Ron­ald Re­agan: (Wiki­me­dia) And let’s not act like Clin­ton lean­ing on chairs is new. She’s done it be­fore: (Sen­ate.gov) Thanks to Na­tion­al Journ­al‘s Alex Seitz-Wald for the idea.