Chicago Sun-Times

Dems, Republican­s need fresh faces for presidenti­al picks


A teleprompt­er allowed President Joe Biden to present his State of the Union address with a rapidfire list of what he says his administra­tion has accomplish­ed since taking office. But it can’t hide the fact that, as the oldest president in U.S. history, he would be 82 before even beginning a second term.

With that in mind, it’s hard to believe he could maintain the energy and intellectu­al demands his office requires for another four years.

Having spent more than half his life in our nation’s capital as a senator and vice president, his experience is far from that of the real world of ordinary citizens. His party needs a candidate like a state governor who has been re-elected, which would show the person was successful enough to be worthy of a second term. This would also demonstrat­e that he or she has the personalit­y and administra­tive skills indicating an ability to work with members of both major political parties to achieve significan­t goals.

Biden’s predecesso­r, whose unwillingn­ess to abide by his oath to support the U.S. Constituti­on makes him unfit for any office, is now also apparently in the race. After four years of leading our country largely through selfcenter­ed impulse, he was rejected by millions of lawfully cast votes, and reacted by mounting an insurrecti­on to keep himself in power anyway.

Since he would turn 80 less than 17 months after a 2025 inaugurati­on, we can only hope that the first announced presidenti­al contender within the party he seduced into submission will be followed by others who recognize that neither the party nor the country could endure a repeat of his toxic leadership.

Both the Democratic and Republican parties must come up with more vigorous and capable candidates for president in 2024.

J.L. Stern, Highland Park

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