I’m glad I’m not President

I was driving home yesterday with the radio tuned to NPR. The President’s news conference was playing. President Biden was fielding a question about his running again in 2024! Good gravy. He’s not even completed the first 100 days of his presidency and we’re already worried about four years from now? Are we always in campaign mode?

I can’t imagine being in politics, though I’m grateful for those (some of them, anyway) who are willing to do so. When I was in elementary school and television channels in my area consisted of only 6 channels, every Sunday afternoon our Congressman would spend 15 minutes bringing us up to date on what was happening in Washington. He had a handlebar mustache, and he was very serious. I don’t remember a thing he said, but I do recall my father listening intently, occasionally scoffing but mostly agreeing. I don’t know if the Congressman was a Democrat or a Republican, but he was our representative until I graduated high school. The Sunday afternoon briefings had ended by then.

My dad voted in every election including primaries. He supported Eisenhower for President and had a hard time deciding about Kennedy/Nixon. He thought Kennedy was too slick but Nixon was suspect. When Nixon ran again in 1968, though, he was all in. We argued about it, but he was adamant. Nixon was a “statesman” and Humphrey was tied to Johnson. He couldn’t be trusted.

Those were simpler times. I know that’s a cliche, but it’s true. I don’t recall our lives revolving around politics then. Huntley/Brinkley and Walter Conkrite reported the news, only some of which focused on who was running for President four entire years before the election. Oh, to have that luxury once again.

No politics for me this weekend. This afternoon we are off to the beach rain or shine. Can’t wait!

10 thoughts on “I’m glad I’m not President

  1. I am stuck on “off to the beach.” Sounds delightful.

    Okay, I have to agree with you. I couldn’t believe when President Biden got the question about 2024. Seriously? I don’t even know what I’m doing in 2022 — hopefully getting out more. I’m like you, I wouldn’t want to be president or governor or congressman right now, but some do it better than others. I’ve tried to curb my political news as well. There was something to be said for the day when you had three (or five in your case) channels and the news only occupied the 6:00 timeslot with a lot less opinion. It is funny to think of Kennedy/Nixon as simpler days, but I suppose in many ways they were.

    Enjoy the beach!

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    1. Kennedy/Nixon was 60 years ago. That boggles my mind. I was 16 years old that year and so sad I couldn’t vote. Simpler times.


  2. Although campaigning is important down the road, I think we would be much better off if those in office would just do their jobs and spend less time telling us how great they are and how bad their opponents are.

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  3. I also couldn’t believe Biden was asked about running in four years. Good grief. I also had political conversations with/ my father. He always voted Democrat, even in 1972. Our representative was a Republican. The beach sounds like a perfect escape. Enjoy.

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  4. Enjoy the beach, Diane! I can guarantee Biden isn’t heading to the beach this weekend.

    Totally nuts that he was asked about his plans for 2024. There are more important questions to ask — many that weren’t asked — right now.

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  5. Enjoy your time at the beach house! I hope the weather is good for you through Sunday. It is a little sad that we are focused on 2024 instead of living in the present. I have had my fill of politics over the past four years. I will call you next week. Sending warm wishes and lots of love!

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  6. Those WERE simpler times. No one in my family talked politics very much when I was growing up. I was fascinated the first time I encountered people who were passionate about it: I thought, really? My first hazy memory of the political ilk: Nixon resigning and me asking my parents what “peached” meant. I’d much rather be “beached” myself – go and savor the salt and the sea – they restore the soul!

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  7. I so agree with everything you say, life just seemed and was I believe, just so much more straightforward without all the stuff that surrounds everything today, politics included. Politics was not the number 1 in everyone’s lives back then, I’m convinced.

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