by | Nov 10, 2019

When the White House invited my elementary school boys choir to sing at its 2008 Christmas party, I felt deeply embarrassed. This was George W. Bush’s last Christmas as president, and even I knew he deserved better than a chorus…

by | Oct 8, 2019

Perfidy — deceit and treachery — has always been a principal aspect of relations between nations. Since the 18th century, the United Kingdom has often been labeled “Perfidious Albion” for its diplomatic practices. The label was usually applied by France…

by | Jul 17, 2019

A billionaire businessman and political outsider ran for president against the establishments of both parties. He promised to bring jobs back to the United States, renegotiate trade agreements, and restore the American worker’s voice in government. No, I am not…

by | Jul 3, 2019

It was a parade — a big, Washington-style parade. As reported here by C-SPAN in June of 1991, the National Victory Celebration Parade — reviewed by a proud President George H. W. Bush, who wore a tie decorated with American…

by | Dec 12, 2018

Washington Now that America has had its holiday from politics, we can get back to poking one another in the eye. Slipping each other a mickey, and otherwise breaking the rules of decorum for the ladies and gentlemen of public…

by | Dec 12, 2018

There’s a famous song about a San Francisco dame whose every stanza ends with the line, “That’s why the lady is tramp.” Frank Sinatra had a good time singing it to and about Rita Hayworth in Pal Joey. It was…

by | Dec 9, 2018

Washington Who will speak for President Donald Trump at his state funeral, far in the future though it should be? That must be what the 45th president was thinking as he sat in the front pew at the funeral for…

by | Dec 6, 2018

“Rep. Waters Labels Bush ‘a Racist,’ Endorses Clinton.” That was the headline in the July 9, 1992 edition of the Los Angeles Times. “Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) Wednesday branded President Bush ‘a racist’ who has ‘polarized the races in this…

by | Dec 5, 2018

May, 1970. I was having lunch with Pennsylvania Congressman George Goodling in the House Dining Room. I was 19 years old, and, with thousands of other college students, I was in Washington to protest the shooting of four Kent State…

by | Dec 4, 2018

The final words of President George H. W. Bush tell us a lot about the kind of man he was, and especially the kind of father he was. At 94 years old and ailing from Parkinson’s and the pains of…

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