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"There is where you're not well all rail. that we shall pay any price. bear any burden. meet any hardship. all and a friend of. off for any follow. your your bio and I think that the liberty. and there you have it from the east from the US capitol the inauguration of president John F. Kennedy and you know that speech well I know that speaks well and I'm particularly interested in that statement about passing the torch to a new generation John Kennedy was the first president who was born in the twentieth century the first of our presidents the the previous ones Eisenhower before him and Truman and and Roosevelt all born in the nineteenth century. and it got me to thinking and it goes back to your original question about health why do this book and I said larger trends and patterns in the presidency. the people who were of his generation of John Kennedy's generation and you go through Kennedy and Johnson and Nixon and for. Carter and Reagan and George Herbert Walker bush all of them were of that generation. World War two World War two what Tom Brokaw famously popularly called the the greatest generation. but in the book I see yes indeed it might well have been the greatest generation but it was not the greatest generation for press. because except for Ronald Reagan not one of those completed two terms all of them have difficulties of one kind or another John Kennedy assassinated Lyndon Johnson decides not to run in sixty eight because he's afraid he's going to lose Richard Nixon yes he selected twice but he's he has to resign because of water K. Gerry Ford becomes president he can't win in seventy six against Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter wins wins once but is defeated in nineteen eighty Reagan two terms has Iran contra AS one difficulty ends with George Herbert Walker bush who is defeated by Bill Clinton. so in passing that torch was the was it a torture a poisoned chalice to the men of his generation and what's fascinating to me that in the broader stroke. Bill Clinton. George W. bush Barack Obama the next generation. all three of them. one two terms and serve two full terms as president Donald Trump is reelected in twenty twenty it would be the first time in American history that we would have had for two term presidents in a row I want to talk about the twenty second amendment in just a moment but the successors to rake in using the nineteen eighty four campaign is basically a model and how to."