President George Bush's energetic and ebullient natural manner is generally so reassuring that often it is hard to remember that he is, after all, nearing 67 years of age.
His sudden attack of irregular heartbeat late Saturday underscores this fact, and for a time it appeared the condition might be serious enough to warrant an electroshock procedure that would require relinquishment of the presidency, if only for a few hours, to Vice President Dan Quayle. Now, that procedure has been ruled out, at least for the time being.
With all Americans, we hope that the president's condition returns to its normal excellent state quickly. But the episode nonetheless brought a political electroshock to the nation as citizens momentarily pondered the potential reality of "President Quayle."