Candidates must be a bit off kilter

Having lived through 13 administrations, beginning with Hoover, and having fought for my country in World War II, I’m being tempted to believe one has to be a little off kilter to want to become president.

It must, at times, feel like being up to your butt in alligators, while carrying a small stick.

Every administration has had its faux-pax, from Roosevelt’s supposed “Amour” through the days of the Contra hearings, Bay of Pigs, Marilyn, I am not a crook, Monica, and so on.

It’s almost as if each president attempts to “out-do” his predecessor in “Frick and Frack” mistakes and lack of common sense thinking, before getting their feet too close to the fire.

Bush has recently gotten a break and some relief, with the attack in Jordan. He might now get some help to put out the fire he started in Iraq. Let us pray.

If Mr. Bush can leave the White House at the end of his tenure without a nervous tic in his eye, he will be a lucky man.



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