North Carolina's Presidents

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So I drive by the statue of the three "North Carolina" presidents in front of the North Carolina Capitol about every week or so now. I like the statue, but it is always a difficult conversation to have with guests about why North Carolina would spend money to honor three people who were living in Tennessee when they were elected.

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Which just makes me wonder when we hear that a person born in South Carolina but raised here will throw himself into the ranks of the already growing presidential primary field. Everything that I hear around town is that he is certainly running, but there has been no official announcements yet. Any thoughts?


He's certainly had great opportunities to announce

He was on Sunday Morning with Charlie this last weekend (along with a great piece about Cat Stevens), when asked point blank, he said he might.....

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

As far as born and from

Consider whether you think North Carolina is the place where aviation started. The plane was designed and built in Ohio, and the first flight was in North Carolina. So by the standards we judge our presidents, Ohio should be first in flight, but I do not see us taking "First in Flight" off our license plate.

Transplanted Buckeyes unite!

As a former one, I can tell you that Ohioans hate the North Carolina license plates and the North Carolina quarter. But, I moved down here and I much rather take a vacation to Kitty Hawk than to Dayton.

no way

Modern air flight was invented in this state. Dont be getting all treasanous on us.

"Keep the Faith"


Needs to get over it. "Birthplace of aviation" whatever!

I guess we should let the Germans take credit for going to the moon since even though the USA went there German scientists helped lay the foundations for our space program. They can put Appollo 11 on their coins!

I think there are concerns.

My gut reaction is that he's putting it off until the first of the year. From what I have heard, I take it that if Elizabeth's health status changes, he's not running. Family first.

Barring that, I don't see any political change that would make him not run.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

The Family Issues

From what I have gleaned around town is that Elizabeth is doing well enough to allow a run. I guess that he may want to be cautious, but we all know that she would not allow her health to stop his run.

Like the rest of you, I don't know what JRE is going to do

but I hope if he announces he comes out barefisted and swinging and using the razor-sharp mind he possesses to eviscerate those poor timid souls who haven't the courage to do more than talk about the issues important to so many of us.

John Edwards has all the qualities we seek and need in a President (IMHO) but he HAS to stop being the "nice guy" and tell the truth as he sees it.

P.S. Sorry not to be around much, but my 89 year old father who lives with us is giving me spasms.

Stan Bozarth

vicious = honest

I hope he just doesn't pull any punches. I hope if Tim Russert asks, "What do you think of No Child Left Behind" he says something like "It's a farce. Bush is immoral for stealing power away from the schools, then not funding his supposed "reforms"."

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.


and if Kerry runs, Edwards needs to speak up grind that elitist snob into the dirt.

Stan Bozarth

Here's hoping

I would love to see him run and win the general, but I don't think he can take on Obabma.


I think America is sniffing glue. Obama has absolutely no chance of winning the primary or general election. None.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.


I was gonna say something like that in KOS' monstrosity of a post but at 500 plus comments i doubt anyone is reading anything in there as it is.

"Keep the Faith"