Paul Brandus: Biden has a case for seeking re-election in 2024 — except for this one unavoidable fact

Panorama of a city business district with office buildings and skyscrapers and superimposed data, charts and diagrams related to stock market, currency exchange and global finance. Blue line graphs with numbers and exchange rates, candlestick charts and financial figures fill the image with a glowing light. Sunset light.

It takes so much to get to the White House, you just don’t walk away. Unless circumstances intervene, like they did with Lyndon Johnson in 1968 and Harry Truman in 1952. Both were deeply unpopular presidents and chose to retire, rather than risk possible humiliation with the voters. 

In fact, over the past century, only one U.S. president chose to step aside when he had no political or economic reason to, and that was Calvin Coolidge in 1928. Given the booming economy of the Roaring ‘20s, “Silent Cal” almost certainly would…

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