Grantland Rice, the elder statesman of New York sportswriters, called him, “The kid everybody liked.”
Bill Clinton has been trundled off to retirement as an elder statesman.
It marked the end of his presidential hopes and allowed him free rein to return to the Senate as an elder statesman.
It is the pin of an elder statesman, of a pundit worthy of her Fox News chyron.
In reality, perhaps the elder statesman resigned from public life because he knew his luck had run out.
Letterman is the elder statesman, the natural heir to Carson.
Despairing, he is consoled by an elder statesman of his party.
Will John McCain play the elder statesman on filibuster reform?
"You know what I think," said the elder statesman thoughtfully.