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Presidents don't last long

Posted Wednesday, October 29, 2008, at 10:14 AM

If your party doesn't win the presidency next Tuesday, have heart. Less than a third of the presidents in the history of the United States have served two full terms.

In fact, since the end of the Eisenhower administration, only three of the nine presidents have served two terms, which is about par for the course.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to four terms, but died only a couple months into his fourth term, so if you include Truman as functionally serving eight full years in office, that means that only 14 of the 43 presidents who have served this nation held office for two full consecutive terms (I'm not counting Grover Cleveland who served two terms, but did so in two single-term stretches, with Benjamin Harrison's four-year presidency in between).

Of the first seven presidents, from Washington (1789-97) through Andrew Jackson (1829-37), only two didn't serve two terms -- the two Adams, John (1797-1801) and his son, John Quincy (1825-1829), were only elected once.

But after that, in the 64 years between the end of the Jackson administration and Teddy Roosevelt's administration at the start of the 20th century, only one president, whose administration was rocked by corruption scandals from start to finish, served two full consecutive terms -- Ulysses S. Grant. Being a war hero has its advantages.

In fact, during that 64-year period, the average term of a president was only 3.5 years in office, because four of the presidents died, three having served a year or less.

Which is why the vice presidential candidate on a party's ticket actually is important, despite a constitutional duty that only gives them the power to break a tie vote in the senate.

Voters have gone to the polls and elected 34 presidents (well, 33 if you count Cleveland only once). Nine times those presidents did not finish their terms in office. That means better than one in four vice presidents became president.

Four presidents died in office (William Hentry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Warren G. Harding and Franklin Delano Roosevelt), four were assassinated (Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley and John Kennedy), and one resigned (Richard Nixon).

In the 220 years since we began electing presidents under the Constitution of the United States, the 43 presidents have averaged only 5.1 years in office.

Recent history, then, in which three of the last four presidents have served two full terms, is actually an aberration. Historically, the odds are heavily against a president serving two full terms.

It's a tough job to get, and an even tougher one to keep.

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Not a tuff when you can buy it!...But agree will be alot harder to defend and keep.

-- Posted by Momof 2graduates on Wed, Oct 29, 2008, at 2:47 PM

Barack H. Obama did his best to stop a radio interview he gave in 2001 from being heard during his campaign. He failed. The audio was posted just yesterday on YouTube. It has already been viewed by almost half a million Americans! Please consider passing this brief email on. Don't just send it to fellow Conservatives, but also to your Liberal friends who are about to make the grave mistake of voting for this duplicitous politician from the corrupt Chicago political machine. As in most areas, Obama has two faces. The real Obama and the candidate Obama. This is a rare glimpse into how he really views the Constitution, recorded before his campaign began and he started pretending respect for the Constitution and the Framers.


(This is a word for word transcription of entire audio) "I think we can say that, uh, uh, the Constitution reflected a enormous blind spot in this culture that carries on until this day, and, and, uh, that the Framers had that same blind spot. I, I, I don't think the two views are contradictory to say that it was a remarkable political document, uh, that paved the way for where we are now, and to say that it also, uh, reflected the fundamental flaw of this country that continues to this day."


OBAMA WBEV-FM Radio, Chicago 2001

(Highlights from the four minute audio) Obama decries the fact that "…the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and sort of, basic issues of political and, and, and economic justice in this society." ("Economic justice in LiberalSpeak means taking money from people who work, and giving to people who won't work.)

He complained that the radical Warren Supreme Court wasn't radical enough, because it "...didn't break free from the essential constraints placed, uh, uh, by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution." He went on to complain that, "The Constitution doesn't say what the… government MUST DO on your behalf." (Things like supplying our every need from cradle to grave, all the while controlling every aspect of our lives.)

The tape concludes with Senator Government saying that the TRAGEDY of the civil rights movement was that the Constitution wasn't radically interpreted to force redistribution of wealth by the government. "We still suffer from that."

In answer to a question from a caller, he said that he didn't know if the courts could bring about "major redistribution of wealth" or "economic justice," but that he believed it could be accomplished politically. (If you were wondering about Obama's presidential priorities, wonder no more.)

Incidentally, in an effort to bolster the radios audience's confidence in his pretended Constitutional expertise, Obama referred to himself as a Law Professor. Just one more of his many lies. The radio interviewer properly introduced him with his real title -- "senior lecturer". This is a position often given to post-graduate students. Obama was never a Professor.

-- Posted by FlagshipOne on Wed, Oct 29, 2008, at 10:37 AM

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