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Published July 22, 2013, 12:00 AM

President Barack Obama and his predecessors

In this April 25, 2013, file photo President Barack Obama, from left, and four former presidents, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter appear together at a dedication ceremony in Dallas, Texas. In the first 200 years of the republic, just three ex- presidents survived more than two decades after leaving office: John Adams, Martin Van Buren and Herbert Hoover. The odds have improved since then: Jimmy Carter, the longest-serving ex- president, has blown past 32 years out of office and shows no signs of stopping at age 88. George H.W. Bush, 89, passed the two-decade mark this year. The two most recent former presidents, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, both are going strong. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

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