Searching for “The Best and The Brightest” for My Cabinet

Hey, Joe Biden, Here are The Final Picks for My Administration

Dr. Ray Healey


Continental Divide, Glacier National Park, Montana, Photographer-Dr. Ray Healey, 2015

By Dr. Ray Healey

To: Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.


November 24, 2020

Hey Joe,

Dr. Ray here.

You haven’t heard from me since last April, near the tail end of the presidential primaries — and, if I recall, the exact occasion was the Wisconsin primary, which you won and that other last man standing, Bernie Sanders, threw in the towel.

At the time, I wrote you a note, congratulating you on knocking off some 20 of your worthy rivals during the course of the campaign — and offering you some advice about whom you might consider picking for your administration, if you won the election.

Well, that time has come and I see that you are actually naming members of your Cabinet. In fact several of these names showed up in the media this week.

Thus, I figured it was high time for me to circle back and present you with my expanded roster of the folks I would advise you to consider for your administration.

I should add that, full disclosure, you are not the horse I bet on in this presidential race. In fact, you weren’t even in the top five on my bettor’s tout sheet at any point in the race. Frankly, I thought you were a weak candidate and that you couldn’t beat Trump.

Shows you how much I know. Maybe I should’ve learned something from my betting history. Here’s the rundown.

In 1968, when I was still at Harvard College, I couldn’t vote in the November election because I was just 20 years old (and the 26th Amendment lowering the voting age from 21 to 18 did not happen until 1971) — but I would’ve voted for RFK (but of course Sirhan Sirhan put an end to that plan), and I would then have voted for Gene McCarthy, but again, I was not old enough.

Kennedy holding a football in Cape Cod with sisters Eunice and Jean. He played as an end at both Milton Academy (Massachusetts) and Harvard,[50] c. November 1948



Dr. Ray Healey

English Lit. Professor. Novelist and short story writer. Adventurer: Pamplona Bull Running, Boston Marathon, "Deliverance" River Running, Cross Country Bike,…