Toward the end of Ronald Reagan’s presidency, he gave a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters. I never liked big government, he said, “Yet sometime before I leave office, I do intend to enact a very important new regulation: one limiting the number of commercials during my old movies.”
Say what you will. Reagan had a great sense of humor.
It has been almost 20 years since Reagan informed the public that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. It breaks your heart to read his letter today.
There has been speculation that Reagan may have shown early symptoms while he was in office, but when the authoritative diagnosis was made, Reagan was a private citizen and under no obligation to go public.
Hillary Clinton does not have this choice. As long as she is a candidate for the presidency (declared or undeclared), her health is a matter of public interest.
In December 2012 the State Department issued a press release stating that then-Secretary Clinton received a concussion after she feinted and fell as the result of a stomach virus.
When you get a concussion, it shakes your brain inside your skull. Some people pass out, some don’t. In Clinton’s case, it appears she feinted first and then bumped her head.
Have you seen any post-concussion symptoms? People usually experience headaches, dizziness, or fatigue. Others may become irritable or argumentative for a while.
When Clinton testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in January 2013, it was less than six weeks after her concussion. She was irritable and argumentative for a while, but no more than I would have been in that situation.
However, as long as Clinton is a contender, her health is a matter of public interest. I hope this does not dissuade her. I hope she runs.
If Clinton is everything they say, then the Republicans should have no trouble fielding 10 or 12 candidates to defeat her. Do you see 10? I don’t. I see one or two maybe, and that’s a big maybe. I hope she runs because her candidacy would elevate the Republican primaries and thus make the general election more competitive.
All of which brings us to inauguration day: January 20, 2017. Clinton will be a robust 69 years of age, a few months younger than Reagan when he became president. Thirty-five is the minimum age as per Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution. Thank the Founders there is no maximum.
Jack Godwin is an award-winning political scientist whose appeal spans the political spectrum. He is the author of three books on politics, most recently "The Office Politics Handbook," and is now writing his first novel, a political thriller set at the end of the Cold War, the golden age of spy fiction. To view more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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