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 July 17, 2007
No end of woe as Springfield Illinois lumbers from loss to loss. Fewer tourists are visiting the home of the Abraham Lincoln Library and other, actual Lincoln sites, in a year when Chicago and downstate Illinois as a whole are up.
Hopes of turning it around may rest on a tourist guide where children can collect stamps from all the local sites, from the Museum of Funeral Customs [motto: “Death is Only the Beginning!”] to The Edwards Place, home of the Lincoln Courting Couch. Scattered early reports in the Springfield Journal Register have “a handful” or “two or three a day” tourists visiting sites bearing the guides, with 20,000 on the streets.
Citizens of Springfield! You can’t get a break.
The latest indignity to befall the Land of Lincoln is it’s snubbing by the producers of The Simpsons Movie, who held a bake-off of the nation’s Springfields to decide where to premiere the film next week.
Illinois’s effort was brightened by referencing the classic episode where Groundskeeper Willie doused the eternal flame on Adlai Stevenson’s grave.
The full entry is really quite bad:
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Posted by Mr. President on June 26, 2007
It’s In The Air…
…or the water. Future vacant lot in Ft.Worth = presidential mania [3rd item].
Lot’s of enthusiasm if few facts on the ground [or in writer’s mind apparently] on a local Ft. Worth architecture forum:
“I hope we use that site for a President’s Museum . Lots of History with Fort Worth and U.S. President’s. Read Ronald Reagan’s Auto bio He mention’s Fort Worth about 5 times . Its a funny story I believe it’s on page 160 180 something.Redo General Worth park and use the whole block for a JFK Memorial. Even if we have to nickel and dime our way another 40 year’s get the money. We should spend big buck’s because this will be our only real close chance to get a President’s Library type place.”
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Posted by Mr. President on June 21, 2007
The Cowboy Way
George Allen assures “The Hill” he is super busy these days, so busy the former Virginia Governor, Senator and one time Heir to the Reagan Legacy isn’t running for office anytime soon. How does he fill his days? His Good Government Action Fund is a Virgina state PAC, but good government fans will have to wait until July to know how much he’s raised.
Allen’s other task is as the “Reagan Ranch Presidential Scholar” with the Young America’s Foundation. Allen’s extensive work playing cowboy may finally blossom in the role, but what’s YAF?
The conservative training operation bailed the Reagans out after his presidency when they bought his California ranch for $4.5 million. This after Governor Pete Wilson couldn’t pull off buying it as a state park with money from the feds.
The Reagans had asked for $6 million, and the ranch had sat on the market more than a year. The YAF paints a heroic picture of themselves “saving” the ranch in a desperate moment not unlike the Gipper’s “just in time” descent on Grenada.
YAF appears to use the ranch as a fund raising come-on, offering brief visits for the faithful while conducting most of their operations in a Santa Barbara building dubbed the “Reagan Ranch Center.” They’ve assembled ranch relics for reverent viewing, and yes, there is a piece of the Berlin Wall! The YAF website is larded with hushed descriptions of the ranch’s and Reagan’s modesty, while assuring that History Was Made there. Did you know Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney was a visitor?
Will the public ever get to walk the Path He Trod? Let’s hear from Marilyn Fisher, Ranch Curator: “We would love to open the Ranch to the general public, but the county must first make significant improvements to the road leading up to the Ranch.” Leaving aside the spectacle of these freedom loving individuals waiting for a government handout, this would appear unlikely since it was opposition to access that helped kill the state park idea.
Ruddy or blotchy?
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Posted by Mr. President on May 1, 2007
That Kennedy Magic
….ain’t what it used to be. They’ve cut the asking price in half for Hickory Hill, former home of RFK, JFK, and one time presidential wannabe General George McClellan.
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Posted by Mr. President on April 10, 2007
“There is much of Roosevelt in John Edwards.”
JRE’s presidential fan page attracts a blog entry comparing the son of a mill worker with the gentleman farmer. “Fear itself” and so much more. Failed Vice Presidential run surprisingly unmentioned among the haunting parallels.
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