Posted by Mr. President on August 15, 2007
The LA Times reports that many of those panting for Hillary Clinton documents from the Clinton Library will remain breathless for a considerable time.
This is presented as something of a novelty. And the other girls make Hillary look bad:
“About 75,000 pages of Rosalynn Carter’s records are publicly available, including scheduling and social office files. Both the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush libraries also said that some records covering former first ladies Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush were open”
The article does portray Library archivists working through the mountain of FOIA requests in the order received, with the aching slowness of the process attributed to staff shortages at the Clinton and all US President’s libraries.
But the flag goes up, and the usual suspects snap to with ominous muttering and rote denunciations of the liberal hypocrisy which somehow caused National Archive staff to decline under President Bush. Even sports bores rush to inform the world of her crimes.
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Posted by Mr. President on August 8, 2007
Who hems our pants?
Thanks to the youngsters at postfoetry we learn that the Library of Congress is dumping it’s Presidential action figures, at half price!
Who wouldn’t want a doll which belts out such priceless pearls as “I believe again that the American people are capable of self control and of learning by their mistakes?”[Teddy Roosevelt of course!]
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Posted by Mr. President on July 30, 2007
Nixon Foundation Executive Director John H. Taylor continues to lash out in exile, now that the Nixon Museum is in federal hands.
He’s emitted another cry for help, a “Letter From Yorba Linda” titled “Don’t Mention Bella,” which explains that “It supercedes “Letter from Yorba Linda #63, entitled “Lies.”
Taylor begins by painting a sad portrait of a Nixon Museum in tatters. “Its Watergate exhibit is closed, the long, narrow hallway stripped to the bare walls as our new government director plans a strictly neutral alternative to the Nixon Library’s old exhibition on the epic scandal.”
Then the cryptic title is [sort of] explained. The document should be read in it’s entirety to capture the tone of barely contained rage.
Short version: historian who slammed the old exhibit tells Taylor, according to Taylor, that what he objected to especially was a claim that Bella Abzug* and other House members tried to block Gerald Ford’s confirmation as Vice President. The hope was that with Nixon’s looming impeachment they could leave the post vacant and the Democratic House Speaker would assume the Presidency. Taylor quotes others calling it a coup attempt and implies the demolished exhibit did as well.
Then he sort of defends the old Watergate hall, while implying he’s moved on, while ratting out other Presidential Libraries for their crimes of omission.
“Since President Nixon resigned before being impeached, it can be hard to argue, as the old gallery did, that his Watergate misdeeds were overblown and many of his opponents politically motivated. But as far as some scholars were concerned, it was a crime to try. They have graded other Presidential museums less strictly. The Bill Clinton museum reveals that his impeachment was a right-wing plot. The Lyndon Johnson museum opened in the early 1970s without much on Vietnam, and today the Ronald Reagan museum has little if anything on Iran-Contra. All three are operated with taxpayers’ funds. But don’t dare murmur “Bella Abzug” at the Nixon.”
*Youngsters may not recall, but Abzug in her day was sort of an all purpose boogywoman to the right – lefty, Jewish, New Yorkish, loud. She left Congress when she and Ramsey Clark split the left vote and let Daniel Patrick Moynihan win the 1976 Democratic primary for Senate. The moles at Wikipedia push the coup line too, quoting the same source as Taylor, who in turn attribute the coup line to “some historians.” Case Closed!
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Posted by Mr. President on July 19, 2007
….or so he claims.
It lacks a certain free wheelin’ spontaneity, so to speak.
Clinton does demonstrate that he doesn’t wear ghastly shirts only in the fields of Iowa.
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Posted by Mr. President on July 18, 2007
Nixon Foundation Executive Director John H. Taylor has issued a stirring call to the faithful, those who might feel a little lost in world gone mad and Nixon Library gone federal.
And yes, Nixon still didn’t do it.
“So newly available documents and tapes weren’t enough for some scholars and reporters as the new Nixon Library prepared to open its doors. They required an act of public expiation and sanctification, namely the smiting of the beast of the old Nixon Library Watergate gallery, that last lonely place where the lingering possibility flickered of a malfunctioning Uher 5000.”
And then it gets weird:
“…the Nixon Library has finally been washed clean – the price President Nixon’s family and friends needed to pay before his Library could finally be admitted to the fraternity honoring all the paragons of high achievement and moral purity represented in the Presidential library system, which starts with Herbert Hoover and goes through Bill Clinton. ”
What’s he got against Hoover?
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Posted by Mr. President on June 12, 2007
“Entourage” Sparks Nineties Narco Nostalgia Wave
“Medellin” may finally roll this season now that Vince and the lads appear to have funding, and another trapped in the 20th century character can’t seem to let go of Pablo Escobar either
One rock being turned over now that Democrats are back in power on Capitol Hill is the war in Columbia. Our government’s gallant Colombian allies murky roots among right wing narco death squads are being revealed, and casting a pall over trade negotiations.
But Bill Clinton remembers the good times, and the master of triangulation is being mustered to help bail Columbia out of it’s jam with Congressional Democrats. He’s received the coveted “Columbia is Passion” award* as his former (and Hillary’s current) pollster labors to show that dead Colombian trade unionists shouldn’t hurt ties with old friends.
*Devil-horned heart shaped object in a Plexiglas box. Quite the shelf meat for the Little Rock museum.
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