I’m considering expanding the point for a PJM post, but perhaps one point is worth pondering as we celebrate the centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth today.
Just compare this to what you recall from any centennial celebration of the following Presidents:
- The 100-year anniversary of Franklin Roosevelt’s birth was in 1982 (he died in office in 1945.)
- For Harry Truman, it would have been 1984 (he passed away in 1972.)
- Dwight D. Eisenhower would have turned 100 in 1990 (he died in 1969.)
- The centennial of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s birth was just three years ago, in 2008. He succumbed in 1973, and I vaguely remember that when I was a kid. Oddly enough his was the last Presidential death for over two decades, until his successor Richard Nixon died.
And have you heard about any big plans for any of these men who served?
- The centennial of the birth of both Richard Nixon and his successor Gerald Ford comes in 2013. Nixon died in 1994, while Ford is our longest-lived President – he was 93 when he died in 2006.
- Both Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush would turn 100 in 2024 – just 13 years from now.
- A similar pairing occurs when George W. Bush and Bill Clinton would both turn 100 in 2046.
My suspicion is that the next Presidential centennial to draw heavy interest will be John F. Kennedy’s in 2017. I imagine the media will push to have his celebration rival Reagan’s, with the additional factor of his ‘martyrdom’ due to assassination.
On the other hand, not all that many of us will be around when the 100-year anniversary of Barack Obama’s 1961 birth rolls around – I’ll be 96 when that happens!
Anyway, if I can inspire myself to fill in the blanks and make a decent post of it you may see this information again. If not, enjoy the Super Bowl. My pick: Green Bay 27, Pittsburgh 24. It’ll be one of those games where the Steelers keep trying to catch up but can never get over the hump – the Packers will win it on a late field goal.