Posted by Mr. President on August 18, 2007
Mitch McConnell holds out hope for Reagan statue, Reagan Centenial Commissions and more, all to recall the little known former president.
Senator McConnell made his remarks at a museum dedicated to the two term president in Simi Valley California.
Mitch seemed to be having a bad day:
“Reagan’s biographer, Lou Cannon, liked to say that a lot of Ronald Reagan’s success lay in the fact that he spoke about the future in the accents of the past. And if I were to offer an assessment of the new Majority in Congress, I would say something similar. I would say their ultimate undoing will be the fact that they speak about the past in the accents of the future. New problems, failed solutions.”
How do you speak of the new problems of the past with future accents?
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Posted by Mr. President on August 17, 2007
What happens when some college kids with dim memories of history and poli sci class try to use the miricle of the Web to get strangers to pay for a meandering journey across this broad land?
Let’s go along and find out!
“What: A journey into the heart of America, to see American places and meet American people.
Where: Wherever the heart of America can be found, we’ll be there.
When: August 25th, 2007 to December 25th, 2007
Why: (*Blues Brothers voice*) “We’re on a mission from God”[Click the link and be dumbstruck!],
or to find ourselves, to find America and to find Americans.
How: With a Ford Expedition, some money in our pockets, and your help!”
The youngsters have web pages, blogs, product placement opportunities, contributers, a twitter presence:
…..and nothing to say:
“American presidential libraries are always a great repository of American history because the President of America is always the symbolic leader of the nation during both times of peace and war as well as the symbolic leader during times of prosperity or a down economy. When we take our Journey Into the Heart of America road trip next fall it will not be possible to stop by every presidential library in the country but maybe we can hit up a few on the list below. For me (mike) as a recent graduate of political science I hope to really reconnect with my American history to remember where our country has come from so I can understand where we are headed.”Or something.
They provide links to US Presidents’ sites [only the nice ones – no losers!] and an appeal to the participatory interactive communityness that is web 2.0: “In addition to the rankings I have included links to information about how to visit each of the presidential landmarks while on a road trip. No matter what president’s party is, I’m sure each of these libraries would be very interesting. Let me know what you think!”
No visible point of view, just a vague invocation of “history.” Their place in history is to pay admission to museums.
Posted in POLITICAL HUMOR, PRESIDENTIAL GREATNESS, PRESIDENTIAL HISTORY, PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY, PRESIDENTIAL SITES, PRESIDENTISH | Leave a Comment »
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.
Posted in BILL CLINTON, GEORGE H.W. BUSH, GEORGE W. BUSH, JIMMY CARTER, PRESIDENTIAL HISTORY, PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY, RONALD REAGAN, WANNABEE'S | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Mr. President on August 2, 2007
Trouble Lincoln Land?
The Lincoln Library wants the city of Springfield to front for them in issuing $25 million in bonds to pay for a substantial collection of Lincoln odds and ends, the star of which is one of three stovepipe hats known to exist. But museums don’t usually go into debt to build their collections. And while issuing tax exempt bods makes the funds cheaper for the museum, someone [ie the feds] gets the tax loss.
The Lincoln’s Executive Director assures the “Springfield Journal Register” that it’s all magic money. “This collection is, essentially, a gift to the people of the state of Illinois. The foundation is paying for it.” But the paper says the foundation has some $19 million in the bank, and fund-raising is nowhere near where they projected it.
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Posted by Mr. President on August 2, 2007
Which one is not like the other ones?
A Senate Committee has passed reporting requirements for Presidential Libraries, with living ex presidents caught up in the dragnet aimed at the Bush Library in waiting. The dead get a pass.
The House version does not go after the foundations of Libraries already part of the National Archives system.
Happy filing to the Clinton, Carter and Bush entities!
Posted in GEORGE H.W. BUSH, GERALD FORD, JIMMY CARTER, POLITICAL HUMOR, PRESIDENTIAL HISTORY, PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY, PRESIDENTIAL SITES, RICHARD NIXON, RONALD REAGAN | Leave a Comment »