Trump’s inauguration has precedent

At noon on Friday, Jan. 20, the United States will have had three consecutive eight-year presidencies for only the second time in its history. The only other such moment came at noon, March 4, 1825, 192 years ago.

That’s a bit surprising, given George Washington’s example of retiring after two terms as president and the rule established by the 22nd Amendment, passed after Franklin Roosevelt won third and fourth terms in wartime, imposing a two-term limit. It owes something to the tragic happenstance that the four presidents who were assassinated might well have completed two terms otherwise.

There are some striking contrasts between the 24 years that ended in 1825 and the 24 years ending this Friday. The three eight-year presidents then — Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe — were Virginians who were, despite some tussles, political allies and members of the same political party. Their houses were a day’s ride then (an hour’s drive today) from each other.

The last years of Monroe’s administration were dubbed by historians as the Era of Good Feelings. The opposition Federalist party didn’t run a candidate in the 1820 election and held only a handful of seats in Congress.

No one would call any large part of the last 24 years an era of good feelings. Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama were each succeeded by a president of the other party. Parties opposing the president had majorities in the House of Representatives for 14 and in the Senate for 11½ of the 24-year period. All three presidents were re-elected, but with just 49, 51 and 51 percent of the vote.

Clinton was impeached in 1997, Bush was administered an electoral “thumping” in 2006 and Obama received similar treatment in 2010 and 2014. Although Clinton and Bush refrained from blaming their problems on their predecessors, Obama stopped doing so only as his second term was nearing its end.

 

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source: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trumps-inauguration-has-precedent/article/2612280

  • Jorg37

    Fortunately, Trump will only serve (himself!) for 4 years, – hopefully, far less.

    • Wingedgodd3ss

      Well I’m hopeful that he serves two and I think I speak for millions of other people who voted for him gladly. I am looking forward to the cutting down of the federal gov and the reduction of our national debt!!

      • conservative since 1962

        Years or Terms?

        • Wingedgodd3ss

          Two terms.

          • conservative since 1962

            Thanks for the clarification!

      • Jorg37

        Well, you can always hope, but don’t hold your breath! My prediction is that Trumpy will screw up things so badly that he’ll be booted out of office before too long. Remember how Republicans tend to screw up, – and in all likelihood, Trumpy is even worse, and certainly less qualified than even George W. Bush!

        • Wingedgodd3ss

          Less Qualified? You mean because he’s run multiple businesses he has no experience? At least we got rid of the community organizer who wasn’t qualified to run a hot dog stand.

          • Jorg37

            There is a huge difference between running a government and
            running a business, – and Trumpy didn’t even do the latter very well, consider
            all the bankruptcies and how often daddy had to help him out. On the other
            hand, Obama was a quick learner and became a very effective president, –
            despite the compact obstruction from Republicans in Congress who wanted him to
            fail, no matter what!

            With your racist attitude you can try to belittle Obama’s accomplishments all you want, but my prediction is that he will go down in history as one of out greatest. And, a fumbling Trump will make Obama look even better! Across the world, Trump is already a laughing stock, utter embarrassment for our nation! What a
            clown!

          • Wingedgodd3ss

            I’m not sure what accomplished you are referring to for Obama but he probably surpassed Carter for worst president. Obama had no respect from world leaders or even businesses. We have companies returning to America before Teump was even sworn in. And you don’t become a billionaire if you are not good at business.

          • Jorg37

            I don’t know if it helps, but here is at least a partial list for your education:
            http://cc.bingj.com/cache.aspx?q=obama%27s+accomplishments&d=4859778608267697&mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&w=PfZgMdKX17ah-JRvDchzVzejwGwhUee5
            Btw.: Obama has for years enjoyed great respect among world leaders and the vast majority of people in the more developed countries. I have to assume you are not able to read any foreign papers, do you? And, “becoming a billionaire” is easier if you start with millions from your dad, and then have him bail you out from numerous bankruptcies, while cheating on taxes and those who helped you. Also, let me remind you, that success in business has absolutely nothing to do with politics, – quite the opposite! Politics is for everyone, business is not, – although it should be, but rarely is.

          • Wingedgodd3ss

            Your link was interesting. I don’t think gays and transgender people serving in the military is an accomplishment nor do I think taking land and federalizing it is but the land thing will be amended. You and I don’t agree on other countries perceptions either. For any that like and respect obama as you claim there are just as many that I can find who don’t respect him. He drew lines in the and and then didn’t follow up. I think the gov should be smaller and that religious freedom is paramount. It would seem we don’t agree on much. But if you are distressed or depressed about Trump you can understand how Trump voters felt with Obama as president. The one thing I’m grateful for is that obama circumvented congress every chance he could and made nothing into law-just his pen and his phone. And that will unravel probably within the first 100 days. I believe in the sanctity of life so Trump reinstating the Mexico pro life accord is a real accomplishment to me.

          • Jorg37

            Obviously, we disagree on many issues, – I didn’t expect
            anything else.
            Let me just state that through friends and business associates in many foreign countries, close relatives in three European countries, and via newspapers I read almost daily in several languages, it is clear that Trump is regarded as a cheater and a lying bully, totally unqualified for the presidency, a laughing stock and an embarrassment to the nation. President Obama was the exact opposite,
            highly regarded and respected, – although you’ll always find someone with a
            different view, especially among racists and the low-info and poorly educated.

          • Wingedgodd3ss

            Do you support obama giving the Palistinian authority $221 million? They are a known terrorist organization-just curious if you think that was a good idea.

          • safari1024

            Would those with a different point of view be found in Hillary’s “basket of deplorables”?
            I followed your exchange, and watched as you disparaged the person you were debating with the time worn racist claim, even though there hadn’t been a racist comment uttered. Saying Obama had little in the way of accomplishments does not make one a racist. I say the same thing about Carter.
            Then I watched as the pseudo-intellectual itemized his obviously unique and superior list of talents and connections. How arrogant to assume that others can’t have equal or greater talents and connections that might exceed his own.
            These are the debating tactics of one who knows that his point has little or no merit.

          • crustyone

            Obammy sucked.

          • Jorg37

            If that’s the most intelligent comment you can come up with, – I have to thank you for proving my point! Very well done in just two words!

    • Judie

      Imbecile!!

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