Two hearts, separated by time and history, yet united by later time and later history: This is the story of America's most beloved public figures, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, and the deep relationship they shared.
It was a different time, in the 1990s, and our society was not ready for these two men to publicly show such affection for one another. Like so many before them, Clinton and Nixon confined their relationship to letters and the occasional televised media event at the White House. Correspondence between the two star-crossed presidents is part of a new exhibit at the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California. [...]
"I mean, all of this 'the greatest generation is World War II?' — it just happens that they're the most horrible parents in human history, right? If all of us baby boomers were so bad, then our parents were terrible; they failed. And if we were so bad, how come our kids are so great? We were hellaciously good parents. I think it's phony as a $3 bill. I think they had a chance to win World War II and it was clear. These are much more complex things [now]." —Bill Clinton doesn't believe in a "greatest generation."
Noted American presidential scholar Pat Sajak compares Barack Obama to Bill Clinton and finds that—surprise!—the latter looks "presidential" while the current president does not. Here's a fun thing to guess: Once President Obama is out of office and there's another Democrat in the White House, what positive attributes will the conservatives who currently fulminate about Kenyan socialism discover in their attempts to diminish that future occupant? "Say what you will about Barack Obama, but at least he…" (Note: This assumes the world has not completely fallen apart and that there ever will be another Democrat in the White House.)
"Even fending off advances from male cadets can create problems. 'You can't say, Sorry guys, I'm gay,' the senior said. 'And if I say, I have a boyfriend, I'm breaking the honor code.' Breaching the Cadet Honor Code-'a cadet will not lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do'-can result in serious discipline." -A fascinating look today at how cadets at West Point in the era of Don't Ask Don't Tell live like they're in a Jason Bourne movie. This thing is going to look so crazy in the history books: it could almost be seen as a president's peccadilloes seeping into official state policy. It's like Clinton made [...]
Controversy! Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton clasped hands with residents of one of Haiti's massive tent cities Monday on a tour of its quake-devastated capital – a visit intended to remind donors of the immense needs facing the recovery effort.
After shaking hands with residents, Bush appeared to wipe his hand on Clinton's shirt, according to a video shot at the scene.
But is that indeed what we're seeing? I've watched the clip several times now, and here are the possibilities I've come up with.
The Clinton Foundation announced today they'd gotten those monsters at Pfizer and Mylan to lower the cost of some drugs for TB and HIV in the "developing world" to just, in the case of TB, $1 a dose. (That'll go over really well in countries like Haiti, where the average individual income is something like $1 or $2 a day.). But still-something that should have happened actually happened!