A Blip? A Trend? A Sign of the Apocalypse?


A propos of nothing, Mrs. Cavanaugh, who only became a U.S. citizen in 1997 but may soon be eligible to run for President, pointed out something I had not noticed: This is the first time since the passage of the 22nd Amendment that the United States has had back-to-back elected two-term presidents.

It turns out to be even more amazing than that: If I remember my presidential history correctly, this is the first time there have been consecutive elected two-termers since 1824, when James Monroe finished up the Jefferson-Madison-Monroe stretch of eigth-year presidencies.