Friday at the Nixon Library was wonderful — but that was before the President appeared on C-Span from Chicago.
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Then, after the lunch, I posed for a lot of pictures and signed a lot of autographs and then prepared to leave.
I really was deeply moved to be at that luncheon. So many friendly people. I don’t see anyone friendly here in Beverly Hills. Why is that?
Alex and I said good-bye to Julie and David. They must have some magic in their lives because they don’t look a day older than when I met them in 1973. How can that be? Julie is a saint. Just a saint. The torment she lived with during Watergate and afterwards — it’s just too much to imagine.
I slept the entire way back. Then when I got back home I slept some more. This has been an emotional day. How could this nation have thrown out The Peacemaker? How could the media have ousted the man who gave us two generations of peace? There are some people who have knives and forks and they don’t have anything on their plates. They have to cut something, so they cut The Peacemaker. And his family.
For some reason, I awoke about 10 and turned on C-Span. There was President Obama giving a fund-raising speech in Chicago. He has something strange going on.
First, he looks exhausted. I don’t blame him. He keeps an incredibly busy schedule. Then, he has accentuated this habit of cockily throwing his head back in a way that accentuates his unfortunate look of arrogance. I don’t think he is an arrogant person, but he has that look.
He also has some new thing going on where he pushes his tongue around inside his mouth to express disgust with Republicans. It is a sort of Eastern European mouth gesture that I rarely see among Gentiles, and I would even say I rarely see it among men. But it’s there.
His tone was flat but he was able to unload some major whoppers.
My favorite was when he started talking about how important education was and just made up out of thin air the “statistic” that students who have a good teacher make $250,000 more over their lives than students who don’t.
What does that even mean? How do they define a good teacher? How do they keep track of the students who, for example, had a good teacher in second grade and then never did again? How do they control for other variables such as race and parents’ connections and choice of occupations?
That was just a total whopper that came out of nowhere. It scares me that the President can just make up such immense lies. And what nerve for Mr. Obama to talk about education at all. He’s the one who cruelly dealt a death blow to the voucher system in D.C., that held out promise of a future for poor black children. He’s the one who’s the teachers’ union’s poodle, and when was the last time they were for accountability? He’s not for education. He’s for the teachers’ unions. Don’t get me wrong. I love unions and belong to several, but let’s call a spade a spade. There is a big difference between what’s good for the teachers’ unions and what’s good for the students.
He also told a good one about how General Motors had just had its most profitable year ever. Well, duhhh. They just wiped out a large part of their indebtedness and other obligations by going bankrupt. Small wonder so much revenue went to the bottom line. Let’s ask the people whose bond holdings and pension obligations were chopped to pieces by the bankruptcy and the bailout how they feel about the immense phony profits GM has racked up.
But the best part was when he kept talking about how “we” are going to create a million or two million of maybe it’s a billion new jobs with new energy technologies like solar and wind. Wait a minute. “What you mean, ‘we,’ kimo sabe?” I think you mean the upper income taxpayers who pay for the government and whom you keep knocking. It’s not going to be all of us. It’s just going to be some of us who are forced at gunpoint to throw money into these solar trapdoors that don’t quite work out. Does Mr. Obama seriously still believe in this nonsense? We’ve tried it, Mr. President. It doesn’t work. Mr. President, has anyone bothered to tell you about Solyndra?
But there’s even more that’s disturbing in Mr. Obama’s speech. He is going to take us in this direction and that direction. He’s going to rebuild manufacturing in America — and I hope that happens. He’s going to remake us morally so we are not so selfish. We are all going to work together and put aside our petty ambitions for ourselves.
I don’t like the sound of that. This is supposed to be a nation of individuals, not of regiments. I don’t like this at all. I don’t think Mr. Obama has ever really gotten past his basic school boy socialism. But, maybe I am wrong and he’s right. I wonder how much longer I’ll be allowed to criticize him.
An astonishing lunch with my old pal A. He has just been through a painful divorce and a bitter child custody battle. The legal fees alone were over half a million. He has to pay for his legal fees and his ex-wife’s. Now, he has 50 percent custody of the child, but the public schools in his neighborhood have pretty much stopped operating. The closest one to his home only operates from 8.30 to 11.30 each day. If the parent wants the kid to go to school longer for better classes, it’s greatly added fees for Mom and/or Pop. How did that happen? Where did that come from? Is this all because of failing revenue in California? Then how do police sergeants retire on $300,000 a year? How does that work out?
It made me exhausted just thinking about it. What happened to America as we knew it?