The Ideal President: Someone Who Isn't Running for Office?

In 1895, Teddy Roosevelt was asked if he was hoping some day to be President.  He flew off in a rage.  Part of his rant is revealing, and might have helped Mitt Romney if he’d come across this quote earlier in his life:

“I must be wanting to be President. Every young man does. But I won’t let myself think of it; I must not, because if I do, I will begin to work for it, I’ll be careful, calculating, cautious in word and act, and so—I’ll beat myself!”

Perhaps in today’s media saturated world, this approach won’t work as well.  On the other hand, I have to wonder whether people could overcome Romney’s calculatedness, his calculated cautiousness.  I’m no expert on political campaigns.  But as a citizen I’ll say this: I’d love to see more candidates who haven’t spent their lives preparing for a Presidential run, and who have not been afraid to be bold.
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Why It Is So Difficult to Kill the Death Panel Myth

In August of 2009, Sarah Palin claimed that the health legislation being crafted by Democrats at the time would create a “death panel,” in which government bureaucrats would decide whether disabled and elderly patients are “worthy of healthcare.” Despite being debunked by fact-checkers and mainstream media outlets, this myth has persisted, with almost half of Americans stating recently that they believe the Affordable Care Act (ACA) creates such a panel.
The death panel myth killed neither the ACA nor Obama’s reelection bid. But persistence of this myth could threaten the Obama administration’s efforts to implement the law, because many of its most controversial features are scheduled to be implemented over the next few years. Why is the death panel myth so hard to shake… (Read more and view comments at Forbes)