By Andy Franklin, NBC News senior producer
So let's see if we have this straight. This was the week that 43 gave his final State of the Union speech, as people evaluated his legacy and compared him to his father, 41 (who was 40's vice president). Meanwhile the contest to become 44 intensified. The Republicans convened at 40's library for a debate, each claiming to be the rightful heir to the 40 legacy. On the Democratic side, the brother and daughter of 35 went public with their choice for 44. The brother of 35 made a point of saying that 42, whose wife wants to be 44, was acting a little like 33 did 48 years ago, when he tried to stop the guy who became 35 from getting the nomination, saying he was too young and inexperienced. (We should mention here that 33's daughter died this week; she was 83). Part of what was bothering the brother of 35 about the wife of 42 was something she had said a couple of weeks earlier about how it had taken 36 to pass the Civil Rights Act of '64, something that 35 wasn't able to do (and 34 didn't even try to do). But looking back, the main reason 33 opposed 35 was because he was afraid that if 35 got the nomination, he would lose to 37 (who was 34's vice president). 33 needn't have worried; 35 did beat 37 in '60, and 37 had to wait until '68 to become 37. In fact, 37 announced his candidacy on February 1 of '68 - 40 years ago today. (Things didn't work out so well for 37, and when he had to resign in '74, his vice president became 38).
Next week, the plot thickens, as the race for 44 moves to 24 states. Until then, you may want to tune out presidential politics for a while - and spend a few hours this Sunday enjoying XLII.