President Obama took the oath of office today, a quiet ceremony before the pomp of tomorrow’s more public celebrations.
Adversaries may say second term Presidents, like second marriages, represent the triumph of hope over experience. The future remains to be seen.
William Henry Harrison, our 9th President, took the oath of office at the age of 68 on a cold and wet day with no hat or overcoat. Harrison gave the longest inaugural address in American history, and had the shortest tenure in office, dying after 3o odd days of pneumonia. Harrisoncare was less effective than Obamacare if one considers that his doctors treatment consisted of opium,castor oil, leeches and Virginia snakeweed. They say the death was unrelated to the old man’s standing in the wet and cold for so long, but we Yanks prefer to remind the Commanders-in-Chief to keep it short. Harrison’s speech at over 2 hours was the longest address by an American President until Bill Clinton ordered lunch at McDonald’s.
Anyway, lets hope for some good news over the next four years. We could use some.