Please Mr. Biden

I touched on this subject in a previous post, but now I’m going to say it straight out … and directly to the individual involved.


There are many reasons behind my request, but the number one reason is You Are Too Old! You seem to be in good physical condition for your age — and you have amply demonstrated that you are mentally capable of understanding and acting on important matters that come before you — but past performance does not always translate into future achievements.

I feel it’s important to point out that if you choose to continue in the office of POTUS and are re-elected, on the day that you will stand before the American people to be inaugurated for a second term as the 46th  President of the United States — you will be 83 years of age. By the end of your term, you will be 86 years of age.

I cannot help but believe that you are aware of the documentation related to the the natural loss of mental and physical capacities that occur through aging.

Certainly the individual who holds the office of POTUS is recognized the world over as a powerful individual … and no one would deny that this is an enviable portrayal. However, there is far more to the position than world recognition — and after nearly four years in the role, I feel certain you are well aware of this.

Before I close this plea, I wish to add that my remarks related to aging are not unfounded. I have been and am acquainted with individuals who are in your same age group. Many are healthy, alert, intelligent, and extremely cognizant of the world around them, yet all of them accept the limitations associated with aging. They know that multiple unforeseen age-related afflictions can, and often do, disrupt and change the course of one’s life without warning.

Please, Mr. President. I implore you to give careful thought to your decision.  The future of the United States is too important to allow personal pride and enviable power to rule your decision.

55 thoughts on “Please Mr. Biden

  1. Yeah, I totally agree. Not so much because of his age, but because of a bunch of other reasons I’m not going to get into here. But the dems have to come up with someone dynamic, charismatic & who looks & acts like a winner.

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  2. Although I am an octogenarian who is still reasonably sentient, I agree with your “request” — provided that some standout Democrat emerges from the pack who can capture the public imagination (for want of a better word) and beat Trump, DeSantis, or whatever despotic autocrat wins the GOP nomination. Who this under-80 Democrat might be is too soon to say, but not to soon to get serious about.

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    • Speaking of sentient — yes, Biden still seems to be very much aware so I can’t fault him for that. But age does bring with it many, shall I say, “handicaps” — and these are what concerns me. I think you will agree that after a certain point, our mind and bodies “slow down.”

      I won’t disagree that Biden has held his own so far, but after a certain point in our lives, every year that passes takes it toll, both physically and mentally. And the stress of the “job” he has is most likely going to accelerate this process.

      In any event, my hunch is that he will be on the ticket come voting time. Sigh.

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      • I agree that 80-something minds slow down, but my body is FAST becoming a bag of bones, aches, and pains. Hopefully, my carcass won’t be carried off in a body bag after a hunter mistakes me for an aged, emaciated bear and puts me out of my misery.

        Other than that, though, I feel I am mentally fitter to be President than any Republican this side of Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, so if Biden decides to hang it up, I am ready to take his place, and with a little cosmetic surgery and body building, most voters probably will be none the wiser (and neither will I).

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  3. If Biden runs, and gets elected, the leadership (sic) of the USA will be in good hands until it is not. And that is when the Vice President will step in. This is their role.
    I once thought Biden was too old to run in 2020, but he has shown me different. He might not be a great leader (some will say he is) but he is an adequate leader.
    Every person should be allowed to run on their own merit, not on what might happen.
    The thing is, if he runs, he still must win the nomination. And then he must win the election. His road is not easy.
    But Joe Biden has done enough good things to warrant his run, and a chance to be nominated. If he is nominated, then he deserves the support of his whole party.
    These are my thoughts, and why I feel this way.

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    • I would probably agree that Biden has been an “adequate” leader since, for the most part, he’s managed to handle any “crap” the Repukes have thrown at him and still been able to move forward with some worthy decisions/actions. And your might happen comment has value, but don’t you agree that one must consider the odds?

      In any case, as I said in another comment, chances are he’ll be in the running come election time. And, unfortunately, politics being what they are, it’s highly doubtful anyone will step up to run against him.

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      • American politics being what it is, I’ll never understand why no one would run against an incumbent president. In Canada we have no choice, the party elects a leader, and if that party wins their leader become Prime Minister. We the People know in advance. In America you can vote in a House majority, and a Senate majority, then elect a president from a different party.
        I do not know which method is worse. Neither one is good!

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  4. Not being that au fait with US politics, but pushing forward a Young Turk to take the reins does not seem the way to go for most governments around the world.
    Ours is no different. Worse, when you consider tribal loyalties still run very deep.Something non- Africans, or at least those not living in this continent, might find difficult to comprehend?

    There are exceptions, your neighbour north of the border comes to mind, and Jacinda too, but in the main,
    it seems the Oldies run the show.

    Perhaps the ‘Dems’ could give Michelle a call?
    “Hello, Mrs O? What are you doing for the next four years?”

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  5. I suppose what one terms as “old” depends on what nation you examine. Our leaders tend to be “youngish” compared to US presidents. Over the past 50 years, the ages of incoming Prime Ministers of Aotearoa New Zealand have been (in Chronological order): 59, 49, 46, 54, 41, 47, 41, 55, 45, 49, 47, 54, 37, 44.

    Of those 14 Prime Ministers, 1 has been in their 30s, 10 in their 40s and 4 in their 50s. There have been none in their 60s or above. In fact, when you compare the ages our 41 Prime Ministers at appointment to the 45 US presidents at inauguration the difference is quite obvious.
    30 – 39: NZ 4; US 0
    40 – 49: NZ 16; US 8
    50 – 59: NZ 15; US 24
    60 -69: NZ 4; US 11
    70 -79: NZ 2; US 2

    I don’t see age as being much of a hindrance to office as it’s usually accompanied by greater levels of wisdom. (Admittedly a US presidency is handed a lot more executive power than a New Zealand PM. We’d never dream of putting that much power and authority into the hands of one individual no matter what their age or wisdom).

    Take for example our previous PM: Jacinda Ardern was a great inspirational leader, especially in a crisis, but her government has failed to deliver on most promised policies and botched up many others. And some of the solutions to a number of domestic issues have created bigger problems than those they were supposed to solve. As an inspirational leader she scores 10/10 from me, but as an effective executive officer of a government she lacked experience and wisdom the job requires, and from me she scores a 4/10 for effective governance. And that’s being generous.

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    • There’s no doubt that age consideration works both ways. Certainly in most all cases, experience accompanies age, but so does the slowing down of both physical and mental processes. I do wish the U.S. was more cognizant of this and would include some age restrictions on the folks that govern our country. But alas. The very ones that would need to make this change would essentially be voting against themselves!

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      • In principle I oppose any restrictions short of convictions for some serious crimes. You already bar non native born Americans and those under 35 from the the highest office, and bar non citizens from voting at a federal level (I don’t know if it’s the same at the state level). We have no equivalent restrictions, and I believe we’re better off for it.

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  6. I have mixed feelings. I do think he’s too old, maybe, but on the other hand I think he’s been doing remarkably well under extremely difficult circumstances.

    The problem with putting some “young turk”, as someone called it, into a position like that, is that they’re often elected not for their intelligence and political savvy but for their appearance, apparent energy and public personality. Those attributes are superficial at best and are no indication of how good a person is going to be actually doing the job.

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    • Yes, your point is well-made that the appearance, energy & personality “qualifications” could override actual ability and/or experience. (This was amply demonstrated in an election of the recent past — and might be put to the test again! 😖)

      Probably the best candidate would be one who has been in the public eye via his/her actions as a member of Congress and has shown the ability to make good decisions. Now if we just knew who that might be …

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  7. Our current Finnish prime minister Sanna Marin is 37 and our president Sauli Niinistö is 74 years old. They represent the political opposites as the young PM is a Socialist and the old president is a Conservative. Both have done exellently in their jobs and both are much liked, though the PM holding much more political power has had to make much harder descisions. The current situation could not have been at a better time, as their combined leadership has pulled us through the pandemic years and they have stood firm now that our eastern neighbour has once again reared it’s belligerent nature. There will soon be elections on both positions and I can only hope, that we have among our little nation, more suitable candidates, than you in the USA appear to have, that the position seems to – once again – be competed over the same two, if not senile, but never the less, very old “whiteys”.

    Apart from being old, I think Biden has handelled his job quite well. The prospect of someone inexperienced (or just selfish moron – as that appears to have been an option) during the Russian onslaught, frankly scares me. Incidents like the chaotic retreat from Afghanishtan were not predicted by the “intelligence” community untill it was too late, so hardly the fault of uncle Joe.

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  8. This is exactly why I’m running to be Emperor of ‘Murica, Nan. Firstly, I’m only 23 years of age, and I’ve been that age for about 40 years now. Next, I’m gonna make a “My Way Or The Highway” policy the law of the land and kick anyone who doesn’t agree with me outta the country. I’m also gonna make Islam the only religion allowed in the country and anyone not practicing it will be….you guessed it, deported to Siberia. So, please remember to vote for me in ’24, and even if you don’t, I’m still gonna declare myself Emperor and say any vote not going my way is FAKE!!! I learned the effectiveness of that ploy from Uncle Orange Man, ‘Lil Donny Trump.

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  9. I think Kamala Harris would make an excellent Prez candidate along with Pete Buttigieg, and then a toss-up between Gretchen Whitmer & Gavin Newsom next. But in order to utterly annihilate the Republican candidate, the opposing candidate MUST be remarkably cunning, clever, and totally get under the skin easily with Rumpsky—and make him run his mouth; that’s when he gets into unrecoverable trouble! 😉 —or whomever they select in that corrupt Red Party.

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    • Personally, I’m not a fan of Kamala Harris, but that’s neither here nor there. Pete is a bit young (yes, I know what I’ve written about age … but it works both ways). I’m not that familiar with Gretchen. And Gavin? Maybe. He has some drawbacks, but he does come across as a firecracker, which could work to his advantage.

      In any case, I have a strong hunch we’re going to see Biden announce his candidacy VERY soon. Sigh.

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      • At some point in 21st century American politics, the two binary partisan Parties ultimately decide on their candidate NOT by the quality and/or experience in government they might possess, BUT by how well they might defeat the other party. That was the ONLY way Rumpsky was ever able to arrive in federal politics in the first place.

        So even though Kamala Harris is the obvious first or second BEST candidate for the Dems, she won’t get it because she’s not “popular enough” with most American voters. It’s sad really, very very sad that American politics has sunk to these irrelevant “fluffy” reasons of a ‘very good party candidate.’ 😒 It is no longer who the best experienced, most qualified candidate might be, it is who can defeat the other Party’s candidate for the ideological good. Grrrrrrr. 🤦‍♂️

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        • “At some point in 21st century American politics, the two binary partisan Parties ultimately decide on their candidate NOT by the quality and/or experience in government they might possess, BUT by how well they might defeat the other party.”

          That actually happened in the 20th century. It was when they abandoned the idea of “smoke filled rooms” and went with primaries.

          I’m not a smoker, so I don’t like smoke filled rooms. But I always thought that move was a mistake.

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        • Indeed. What was the quality/experience in governance of Ronald Reagan? He was the poster boy for Lakonian oneliners, that did not address the issue at hand, rather the persona of his opponent. By the time of his second term he had shown clear signs of senility. He appears still to be revered for having defeated Communism, but what did he actually do, that had any effect on the outcome on that? Those who worship him, would have uncle Joe deposed because of sings of senility. Could it be, they have learned a lesson? Or is it just a nother sign of incredibly moronic tribalism?

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    • I dont think that would be Kamala Harris. Buttigieg is very smart and diplomatic, but I’m not sure about cunning…and unfortunately transportation secretary isn’t very exciting or eye catching.

      I agree Biden is too old. In a way trump would be a better candidate to run against, as he old and so crazy and puts his foot constantly in his mouth.

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  10. I often agree with you, but not this time. The fact that the President is fewer than 2 1/2 years older than I am may have a bit to do with my opinion, but that’s not the real reason.

    The real reason is that, unless he is in prison (maybe even if he is), DONALD TRUMP WILL BE THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE IN 2024. The “MAGA”, Q-Anon, and militant branches of the Republican Party are just too strong to beat him in the primaries, I’m not sure that the Constitution and the rule of law can survive another 4 years of autocracy coupled with impetuous and ignorant statements and decisions.

    So … the question is which potential candidate can the Democrats support who can beat the leader of the MAGA Republicans? As for the President’s age, remember that the Democrats do not fear Biden like the Republicans fear Trump. If exercising the 25th Amendment becomes necessary, Biden’s cabinet and the Vice President will do so. I wouldn’t be surprised if the President hasn’t already spoken with them about that contingency. Were I in his position, I would.

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    • I admit that my current age plays a considerable role in my perspective since I’m in the same “range.” And although I’m VERY healthy and still have a comparatively quick mind … I’m well aware of the “glitches’ I’ve experienced over the past few years. And I have no doubt they will increase as time goes by. It’s simply the nature of the beast.

      As for Trump … the news media has been “whispering” that he’s losing considerable support. But is it enough of a loss that one of the reported potential candidates can fill the gap? Only time will tell. But yes, if he ends up as the opposition, things could get sticky.

      In any case, I stand my ground. It’s still my preference that Biden step aside and let someone else take the reins.


  11. My grandmother, on my dad’s side, lived to 100. Sharp as tack till the day she died. So, age does not always mean loss of most of our good senses, though it certainly doesn’t work out that well for everyone.

    If Biden gets the nomination, I’ll vote for him. If another D gets the nomination, I will vote for them. If any D becomes POTUS, and loses their capacities during office, I am sure the party will do whatever is necessary and adjust on the fly. Indeed if Biden gets re-elected, there should be a plan in place by the second week, just in case.

    Would I rather see some younger blood? Yes. Will it be what changes my vote? No.

    The mere thought of a R gaining POTUS is terrifying right now. The trend towards fascism is real.

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  12. When I was a kid, we here in Finland had a president called Urho Kaleva Kekkonen and his name -at least to us kids – equalled the president. He was born in the year 1900 and after a period as the prime minister was elected as the president in 1954. After that he was elected again and again for 6 year terms. He was a Liberal and came from the Center Party with strong support by the farmers. I guess he was a “great” man, as he balanced Finland between the East and the West and started the ETYK peace processes. Many of his prime ministers were Socialists under whose leadership Finland prospered and social security was built. Economy grew and industrialization happened. Kekkonen was both loved and feared for he was an autocrat who, by his popularity both on the right and left of the political spectrum, could muster much political influence & power and did so frequently. 1981 his Socialist prime minister Mauno Koivisto finally stood up to him, after the president had tried to disband the government. In mid term, 1982 he suffered a fit and it became clear to the nation, that he had suffered from dementia alrady before the previous election and that there had been a coverup of his condition. First things his successor Koivisto did, was to drive the change the law thus, the presidential terms were limited to two. The great politician had been in office for too long, lost his judgement and suffered from the illusion of irreplacability. But he was not alone in his illusion. Most of the nation had been under the spell, yet nobody is irreplacable. He died in 1986 from brain hemorrage. He was a veteran and had been an active sportsman for his entire life. He had also a habit of drinking rarely, but hard when he did.

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  13. For the record … I’m not fan of Joe Biden, he’s done me, my family, harm. Three times. First back at the end of the eighties, when Big Billy Clinton got all the credit for Joe Biden’s moving and shaking on behalf of the southern softwoods industry the spotted owl hoax that spelled the death-knell of the already dying Pacific Northwest Timber Industry: the way of life my family had enjoyed for the hundred years since my great-grandfather stepped off the boat in Coos Bay to log the big wood … subjecting I and my family to a degree of abject poverty we had never experienced here, an abject poverty we have yet to recover from.

    Second time I was going to college and university, raising four kids alone, to try and learn something to do other than fly logs out of the woods, borrowing a bunch of money to do it and Joe Biden made it impossible to discharge the debt of a bad investment through bankruptcy. The third time was after said bad investment had left me living in a van down by the river, my only lifeline ~ gas and groceries ~ a hundred dollars a week extended unemployment benefits … Joe Biden took it away from me. In the middle of winter. I realize he, and Obama, were kissing the Retards’ (href=””>look it up) asses, but that doesn’t change it.

    I’m not fan of Joe Biden, he’s done me, my family, harm. Three times. I didn’t vote for Joe Biden. I voted for Kamala Harris, that his name was next to hers is beside the point. I intend to vote for her again, with his name next to hers.

    That said … he’s doing a damned good job given everything that’s been dealt to him. Suggestions he quit, or not run for re-election, to let someone else “have their turn” is counter-productive; are playing right into the Retards’ hands. Hysteria over his age is manufactured, a snot-nosed response to the Retards’ own mentally deficient pretendident.

    Republican Jesus is Grinning Like a Cheshire Cat

    This is why I’m not a Democrat … why I am a No Party Voter

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    • I’m so sorry that you suffered several harmful events related to a political figure. Unfortunately, we do live in an imperfect (and often cruel) world. 🙁

      I agree that Biden has been able to enact some positive measures … and if he remains in the office of POTUS, he will undoubtedly continue to improve the lives of many. However, I disagree with your remarks that the “hysteria over his age is manufactured.” As I’ve pointed out in my post –and in some of my comments– I’m not speaking in an echo chamber. I’m speaking from personal experiences and those of others who are in this age group.

      I have my personal concerns related to Kamala Harris, but of course if she turns out to be the Leader of the U.S. –however it happens– I will support her.


  14. Yes. You have made you point previously, Nan.

    The term ‘too old’ annoys me, but I see your point and sort of agree. But… If not Joe, who? Pick a candidate and support him or her. A DEMOCRAT MUST WIN!

    Maybe this: Joe runs, wins, resigns. I am not sure CH has what it takes to win.

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    • Yes. Your question is valid — “if not Joe, who?” At this point, it is, as they say, the Million Dollar Question. I wish I could have included in my post some names of potential replacements for Biden, but alas. No one comes to mind. Most likely because no one wants to step up until they know Biden’s plans. Hopefully (if and when) it will be someone that will shake the rafters and rout out the MAGgots!

      P.S. I agree about CH.

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  15. Big money, as in Koch brothers and others are saying “no to trump and let’s move on”, and they’ll throw their support behind DeSantis, as there is no one else there either. It won’t be Ted Cruz as he makes people throw up to just look at. Pence is too pious and groveling. Abbott might have a chance, as he’s mean enough and hates those immigrants seeking asylum. Hey there’s alway MTG!

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    • I would seem that “Big Money” has finally seen the writing on the wall. (Duh!)

      There are others beside DeSantis that are hovering in the wings. They just haven’t received a whole lot of press as yet. In any event, I predict a real knock-down/drag-out campaign on the Repuke’s side. AND … this is another reason why I’m concerned about a second run by Biden. I’m afraid the MAGgots will walk all over his “mild-mannered” approach.

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  16. Maybe this hint-hint he’s going to run again is just a ruse? Perhaps the Dems are just trying to shield the ’24 candidate/s from the shitshow the Repubs put Hilary through long before she even announced she was running. I’m with you, though: don’t run. History will remember him very kindly as is. Bring on PETE!!!!

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    • Good points, John! Better not to show your hand too soon considering past events.

      However, I’m reluctant to get behind Pete. I like him and I think he’s smart and capable — but whether we like to admit it or not, there are –even within the ranks of the Democrats– the bigots who would never back him.

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  17. Have you seen a trend with more obnoxious bullies running and seated in republican politics? And that brings out the bullies of the common man. More crime, more violence, more rude people, more bullies. And they love the bullies that will run. The more awful, the better.
    Biden will never fit that model, and that’s a good thing, but it’ll make him lose, because we live in a time filled with ignorant selfish bullies.

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    • I just finished reading Heather’s write-up on the SOTU message (which I didn’t watch … I have my reasons). She eloquently pointed out the childish, bully-on-the-playground activities of the Repukes. Unbelievable! Seriously. Grown men and women acting like selfish children throwing a hissy-fit for all the nation to see. And yet … and yet … there are those who continue to support and vote for them.

      Truly, I worry where this country is heading.

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    • As I mentioned on Jill’s blog, I live with a Republican and didn’t want to listen to his snide remarks so I didn’t watch Biden’s speech. However, from what I read in Heather’s newsletter, it appears he did an exemplary job.

      Suggest you read my comment on Jill’s post for a more thorough answer to your question.


      • I did not wztch the SOTU, either, but because it really has no meaning to me. I read HCR’s letter last night, and a few other offerings, including cartooist Clay Jones, and all the Democrat/ Independent writesr seem to agree, Biden owned the Repughs! For how long we don’t know.
        And whether he had speechwriters or he wrote it on his own, with help, it seems to me he is ready for another 4 years. A total surprise to me, but one of the only good surprises out of the US since 2016.I did not want him to run in 2020!
        I haven’t had time yet today to read Jill’s post, but I am now looking forward to it.

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      • From what I have read, Biden did exceptionally well and the far right repukes, particularly MTG made a complete ass of herself. And Mitt Romney put lying Santos on his place. Romney is one of the few republicans with integrity.

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    • Yes, from all reports: … he done good! 😊

      Although I did read in some of the reviews that there were a few “glitches,” overall he definitely raised the hackles of the “enemy.” And that’s always satisfying!

      From my perspective, your question is legitimate — which is exactly why I’ve expressed my concerns in this post.

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  18. One correction – he is and will continue to be the 46th President if re-elected. While I understand your concerns about his age, as long as his mental capabilities remain intact and his administration is competent, it’s his decision, IMO.

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  19. Absolutely it’s his decision! I’m just expressing my personal opinion. 😏

    Quite frankly, I expect that he will run again. And bottom line, that’s OK because he’s done a decent job, even though “the press” hasn’t given him much credit. I just know from first hard experience that the older you get, the more “age” comes into play — in a myriad of ways.

    P.S. You are correct. He would still be the 46th president. I just made the change. 😊


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