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!