November 25, 2020 (309 words)
After a four-year roller coaster ride with Donald Trump at the wheel, a notable portion of the American electorate – some 80 million strong – has decided Sleepy Joe Biden as President may not be such a bad idea, after all.
Why the poor man would even want such a stressful job in the first place is beyond me. I guess high office has its own, irresistible appeal for the political junkie. This would seem to go double for the geriatric set (Mr. Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, et al) who – let’s face it – has earned the right to sleep in, and take their time reading the morning papers over a second cup of coffee.
One good thing that can be said about these geezers is they will always think before they act. If only because they lack the energy required to get up and actually do something.
Don’t laugh. It’s a proven fact the brain functions better once testosterone stops coursing through the veins, and physical prowess fades. The trick is maintaining this improved level of mental acuity as we continue to age. It’s what we should all be working on, rather than worrying about our golf game.
As for the President-elect’s staff choices and cabinet appointments, any good management team consists of a generational cross-section, since each group brings value to the table. You want some young blood to drive things, some seasoned pros to direct traffic, and a few gray eminences sprinkled in there for good measure to make sure the objective remains an honorable one.
The transfer of presidential power is now underway, despite Mr. Trump’s obstinate refusal to cooperate in the process. It won’t be long before we’ll all get to see what old familiar Joe Biden, after angling for the top spot most of his adult life, has left in the tank.
Robert J. Cavanaugh, Jr
November 25, 2020