Post-election results will be realized eventually

Voters cast presidential ballots for the 58th time yesterday.

As of Tuesday morning those who had been elected to a second term included George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln (assassinated April 15, 1865), Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland (two times split by one term of Benjamin Harrison), William McKinley, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt (four times elected, served three complete terms), Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon (resigned office Aug. 9, 1974), Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Elected single termer’s include both John and John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison (died 31 days into presidency), John Tyler, James Polk, Zachary Tyler (died 16 months into presidency), Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield (assassinated Sept. 19,1881), Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley (assassinated Sept. 14, 1901), William Howard Taft, Warren G. Harding (died in office Aug. 2, 1923), Herbert Hoover, John F. Kennedy (assassinated Nov. 22, 1963), George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter.

Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Harry S. Truman and Lyndon B. Johnson came to office upon the deaths of their predecessors then were elected to a second term.

Those who completed a single term to which their predecessors were elected president, but died in office, were Andrew Johnson and Chester Arthur.

Remember, Gerald Ford was never elected to office as president or vice president, but entered upon Nixon’s resignation.

As of press time Barack Obama was waiting to see if he would be re-elected as the 44th U.S. president or be replaced by his principle challenger Mitt Romney.

The point of our list is to consider how many times any candidate who ever ran for high office typically touted change. The reality is that nothing immediate ever occurred and results are often recognized later.

Some presidents have overseen transformation. Some were good and others were ill suited for the office.

One week prior to yesterday’s election, the nation was $16 trillion in debt, 12.1 million Americans were unemployed and residents of the country’s northeast surveyed the aftermath of what was being called the largest (combined) storm to ever hit the United States.

Some sources even suggested weather might disrupt a presidential election for the first time in history.

What about the day after Election Day?

We notice not much has changed from the day before ballots were cast.

So, as after previous presidential elections, we shall wait, we shall see and we shall plan on coming back to vote for that office again on Nov. 8, 2016.