Biden Starts to Sound Uncertain About 2024
President Joe Biden started chasing the Oval Office 35 years ago. He has almost certainly wanted the job even longer, winning his first Senate race at 29 a half-century ago.
There aren’t many examples of people campaigning for the White House this long, much less finally getting it. Harold Stassen sought the Republican presidential nomination 10 times between 1940 and 1992, deferring only to Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, and Gerald Ford and coming closest in 1948. Bob Dole won the nomination on his third try, 20 years after he was the vice presidential nominee. He did not become president.
Mourning his son Beau and discouraged by his boss, then-President Barack Obama, Biden wanted to run in 2016 but didn’t. That seemed to close the book on his presidential ambitions, leaving him to settle for …