`Loose with history'

Regarding the Opinion page article "Don't Be Talked Out of Boldness," Nov. 9: The authors play loose with history, stating that President Bush is now the "fifth president seeking reelection to be toppled by the voters this century." Among those mentioned is Gerald Ford, who never sought reelection. Mr. Ford sought election in 1976 and was defeated.

The authors also state that "every innovative president this century has won reelection." Among the six presidents mentioned are three who succeeded to the presidency due to the death of their predecessors and were elected only once: Theodore Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Lyndon Johnson. Bob Shickler, Town and Country, Mo.

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