Hunter Biden is the latest presidential child to stain a White House reputation − but others have shined it up

Hunter Biden, the surviving son of President Joe Biden, was indicted on Sept. 14, 2023, on gun-related charges – facing a possible criminal trial while his father is campaigning for reelection. The charges relate to Hunter Biden’s alleged lying about his drug use when he purchased a gun in 2018. And a conviction could mean prison time of 10 years or more.

As Hunter Biden’s legal peril rises, with all its ensuing political complications, people have rediscovered the likes of Ulysses Grant Jr., Alice Roosevelt and Neil Bush, as if the best way to make sense of Hunter Biden is found in a rogues’ gallery of difficult presidential relatives.

As a historian of the American presidency, I see the case of Hunter Biden as a revealing indicator of the ways that presidential children have figured in American public life, whether they were beloved or reviled.

Most presidents and first ladies have attempted to protect their children – especially their young children – from the scrutiny and the emotional toll of public life. Whether they were publicly visible or not, their children have always been factors in the presidents’ public lives and presidents have sought to exploit the political benefits they can draw from their children.

Meanwhile, commentators and the American public alike have drawn their own conclusions about individual presidents and the presidency as an institution in part on the basis of presidential children.

Politics Are Keeping the UN From Protecting Children

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Over a decade ago, I oversaw the United Nation’s last negotiations for the discharge of former child soldiers from the ranks of the Maoists in Nepal. This followed years of U.N. advocacy, and reflected specific provisions in Nepal’s 2006 peace agreement. Thousands of young adults who had been recruited as children during the decade-long war were able to re-enter civilian society. But today, a tool that was fundamental to our success is being seriously eroded. 

During Nepal’s civil war, the Maoists recruited up to 4,500 children, including many girls, to fight in their ranks. In areas under their control, they operated a “one family, one member for the Party” program, where children were recruited. The Maoists also kidnapped individual children, abducted large groups from schools, and used propaganda campaigns to attract children as “volunteers.”

The Maoists gave weapons training to children as young as 14 and forced them into front-line combat. Children also helped transport military supplies, provided medical assistance, worked as sentries or informants, and participated in propaganda activities to recruit other children.

The Role of Nurses in Telemedicine and Child Abuse

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The study also examined the experience from the perception of the nurse practitioner at the medical center hub. At the time of the interview, she had conducted approximately 500 hands-on examinations of children in whom abuse was suspected. She had gained clinical competency in determining normal from abnormal findings through her experiences and could serve as the expert of record.

When relating the phases she went through since beginning the telemedicine practice, she compared the process as going from a novice to someone who has a grasp of the technology. She described learning how the cables work and gaining expertise in the technical part that is needed when problems arise. She explained, For instance, the other day everything was coming in black and white. Well, I had to know that’s probably a video cable problem. She saw herself as one who went from a beginning computer person to an intermediate computer person who needed to understand the interface between a computer and the machinery such as the camera, cables, and software packages. When asked what new roles she assumed, she saw herself as a teacher, mentor, and technician. She had to be able to talk with medical equipment sales personnel as she took on the role of liaison among people at many different levels. As she described, There are several different vendors: software vendors, hardware vendors, colposcope dealers, camera equipment, and the telemedicine units themselves.

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