Like Bush II, his daddy was also president. And like his daddy (and Bush I), he only served a single term. He ran for the White House at a time when campaigns were disreputably personal, yet he never took the bait. He was John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of these United States, and Niteside asked uber-historian Harlow Giles Unger, who’ll be bringing his biography to Books & Books on Monday, what “Old Man Eloquent” would think of Election 2012.
If JQA were alive today, what do you think he’d make of the 2012 election? He’d be absolutely sick. He was a man who devoted his entire life to the country and never once thought of himself. He refused to even campaign; he thought it beneath him to travel around the country making promises he couldn’t keep.
What advice might he give to either of the candidates? Think about the country instead of thinking about yourselves, and be specific about your solutions.
How might he best consult voters who’ve yet to make up their mind? I don’t think he’d have any. He might say “None of the Above.”
Who do you think he’d be more inclined to vote for? Neither. He'd probably move to England.
And you? I’m going to vote for the devil I know rather than the devil I don’t know.