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Bucket of warm spit

As a youth, I was amazed that Lyndon Johnson, Senate majority leader, accepted the vice presidency under John Kennedy who was his junior in every respect. The vice presidency was aptly described as “not worth a bucket of warm spit” by John Nance Garner who was vice president from 1933 to 1941. One answer was provided by Robert A. Caro, who wrote definitive volumes on LBJ. Kennedy appeared to be robust but was actually a very sick man. Johnson may have thought that Kennedy’s health could fail at any point, and he would become president.

To say that you voted for Trump because you believed in Mike Pence is ludicrous, as most vice presidents are little noted nor long remembered, unless a president dies in office or is driven from it. Unless you expected President Trump to expire, quit or get impeached, you voted him into office. Now we all must live with him in the White House and his various resorts, while Mike Pence is at an undisclosed location. Don’t expect him, Boris Badenov or anyone else to come riding in on a white stallion to save us from non compos mentis.

David Webb


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