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Mon Jul 17, 2017, 09:34 AM

POTUS by proxy

This article is more sobering to me than anything else.











This poster fits the POTUS by proxy-family proxy for sure!!









DUMP TRUMP‏ @Kegan05 Jul 15

Oy! That's hard on the eyes! 😅
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Roggae‏ @Roggae1974 Jul 15

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Sunday Jul 16, 2017 · 4:46 PM CST


On November 6, 1994, former President Ronald Reagan penned a handwritten letter to inform the American public that he had just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

"I have recently been told that I am one of the millions of Americans who will be afflicted with Alzheimer's disease. Upon learning this news, Nancy and I had to decide whether as private citizens we would keep this as a private matter or whether we would make this news known in a public way. In opening our hearts, we hope this might promote greater awareness of this condition. Perhaps it will encourage a clearer understanding of the individuals and families who are affected by it."

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But it wasn't long before Americans became increasingly curious about whether Reagan exhibited signs and symptoms of dementia prior to his retirement, and what impact his cognitive impairment may have had on his presidency. In 2011, his two sons Ron and Michael Reagan engaged in heated literary disagreements about when they first spotted their father’s memory lapses, and if those momentary lapses ever occurred while he was our nation's chief executive.
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Moreover, in 2015, researchers conducted extensive longitudinal analysis of Reagan's speeches and behavior to better clarify the trajectory of his cognitive decline over time. As clinical advancement and public awareness of Alzheimer's have grown, likewise has our speculation into the role the disease may have played in many of the perilous Reagan-era policies that remain so entrenched in American politics today. That the public persists in this line of inquiry three decades past his presidential tenure is a profound illustration of just how much the mental status of the “POTUS” matters.

As we arrive at the six-month mark of Donald Trump’s imperiled attempt to be president, discussion of his mental health and neuropsychological fitness to serve has become relatively commonplace. Unlike in 1994, Americans are now necessarily more attuned to the cardinal signs and symptoms of cognitive impairment because its prevalence has rapidly increased with the aging of the Baby Boomer generation.

At 71 years old (and with a family history of Alzheimer's in a first-degree relative), Donald Trump surpasses Ronald Reagan ............................




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