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In Reagan’s Path

Posted by Mr. President on August 11, 2007

reagan-hat.jpgThe Houston Chronicle reports that President Bush is headed for another record while besting Nixon in unpopularity, getting set to beat the leasurely Ronald Reagn for most time off.

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Gone But Not Forgotten

Posted by Mr. President on August 5, 2007

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It’s countdown to August 9th, the Nixon resignation anniversary.

The kids at Dump Dick Day are trying to put impeachment back on the table, so they’ve of course gone to the youtube to reach today’s youth.

So far they have but one entry in their video competition, but there’s still time to make your offering!

Enjoy “The History of Nixon and the Future of Cheney:”

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The Two New Nixons

Posted by Mr. President on August 2, 2007

A fresh face has joined the cavalcade of scowling actors playing Richard Nixon.nixon-broadbent.jpg

British actor Jim Broadbent will do the honers this time, with pretty boy Brad Pitt as John Dean.

But can America absorb two Nixon bi-ops? The film of the play of the book of the TV interviews “Frost/Nixon” is also going into production, with the play’s star Frank Lanella beating out former matanay idol Warren Beaty to keep the role.

Past greats in the role:

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Anthony Hopkins nixon-anthony-hopkins.jpg

Phillip Baker Hall nixon-pb-hall.jpg

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Nixon Dodges Another Bullet

Posted by Mr. President on August 2, 2007

Which one is not like the other ones? reagan-nixon-bush-ford.jpg

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[1] entities!

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Analogise This!

Posted by Mr. President on July 31, 2007

Those who study history are doomed to recycle it?

Jeremi Suri is a history professor at the University of Wisconsin and author of “Henry Kissinger and the American Century.” He writes on The Huffington Post [doubling up on History News Network] that Nixon’s overture to China offers a model for how the US might cuddle up to Iran.

“Thirty-six years later the historical parallels are striking…Leaders in Washington and Tehran need one another as never before. The time is ripe for the White House to pursue a “China opening” with Iran.”nixon-brain-vietnam.gif


What a powerful vision! If Bush starts tomorrow and the past is perfectly replicated we can look forward to five more years of the Iraq War, millions of dead, Iran and the US allying to back a Pol Pot-ish regime in the region and Iran invading Iraq! After a while the US and Iran can pair up and fund future Ben Laden’s in whatever approximation of Afghanistan can be ginned up. Who gets to play the Soviet Union?

Further problems might arise if the parties have no interest in a deal, which would seem likely.

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The Flame Yet Burns

Posted by Mr. President on July 30, 2007

nixon-watergate-exhibit.jpgNixon 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!nixon-letter-from-yorba-linda-abzug.jpg

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