I know it has been awhile since I have blogged, but I figured this would be a good one to discuss. I was thinking earlier today about the number of presidents who have come straight from the Senate and entered into the White House. After a lot of working trying to think about who did what, when, I searched the prior careers of all our president and discovered history is not favoring our top three contenders for becoming President of the United States.
The first Senator to become President was Warren G. Harding. Harding would serve from 1921-1923. Overall, his presidency did have some ups and downs, but for the most part is a forgotten one.
The second Senator to become President was John F. Kennedy. Everyone knows how his story goes and what it entails.
So what is the lesson we learn here from history? Well, Republicans and Democrats are even when it comes to sending a sitting senator into the White House. Neither individual served out a full term and it was up to the VP to finish out the first term and take over the country in the next term.
While it sounds cruel to say it, I am beginning to wonder if the winner of the Presidency out of our three final candidates will be long for this world. Take McCain for instance. Cancer is not something that one bounces back from. There has already been a great deal of speculation of how he will be able to withstand the rigos of being president. What about Hillary? A lot of people hate her. Nuff said there. Obama? He seems like a nice guy. In all honesty, I could stomach an Obama presidency alot more than I could a Hillary one. Why do I say that, example: I was in a restaraunt and had to tvs to watch from while I ate. Option A: Hillary. Option B: Women's tennis. I can tell you this much, Serena Williams can kick some ass on that tennis court. Now, back to Obama. I honestly believe that someone might kill Obama if he became President due to race. It is cruel to say that because I would like to think that as a society we have moved beyond those days, but in reality, there are those in this country who are far behind the times.
So here is what I think the 2008 election will really mean: keep a close eye on the VP candidates. Odds are, they are going going to be president by 2011.