Showing posts with label The White House. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The White House. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

President Nixon and Bob Haldeman attempt to neutralize Johnny Cash & Johnny Cash's sweet revenge a couple years later

By Pablo Fanque, National Affairs Editor

In 1970, President Richard Nixon and Bob Haldeman hoped to politically neutralize Johnny Cash, and convince him not to campaign for Tex Ritter in a a Tennessee U.S. Senate race.  Here is the White House memo, now housed at The Nixon Library.

Mental Floss, in a post March 5, 2012, [ed's note:  I don't think Mental Floss knew about this letter, or the earlier meeting referred to by Haldeman] reported that two years after this memo, "In July 1972, Cash sat down with Richard Nixon in the White House’s Blue Room. The country music superstar had come to discuss prison reform, and the media was present, eager to report the results. Nixon thought he’d break the ice, and asked, “Johnny, would you be willing to play a few songs for us?”   “I like Merle Haggard’s 'Okie From Muskogee' and Guy Drake’s 'Welfare Cadillac.'" Both songs were satirical expressions of right-wing disdain for Vietnam protesters and hippies, and one for for poor people who cheat the welfare system."

Cash said he didn't know those songs, but had some of his own.   Cash started with “What Is Truth?” a great anti-war song that celebrated the protesting, long haired youth of America. 

From Metal Floss again:  "Nixon sat listening with a frozen smile.   Cash continued the assault with “The Man in Black,” a song that explained how his fashion preference represented his solidarity with the oppressed, the sick, the lonely, and the soldiers (“Each week we lose a hundred fine young men”).  Cash then capped off his mini-concert with “The Ballad of Ira Hayes,” about the plight of Native Americans, in particular one of the soldiers who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. Hayes returned home to be decorated, but couldn’t deal with the guilt he felt over surviving the war when so many of his friends didn’t. He drank himself to death."

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Another rough day at The White House

By Jack Brummet 

They're having a lot of them of late.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Middle finger of the day: The White House

Selected by Mona Goldwater, Symbols, Signs, and Gestures Editor


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

1846 daguerreotype of The White House by John Plumbe

courtesy of the Library of Congress Digital Collections & Services - your tax dollars at work

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tata, Rahm...Godspeed on the road to the Chicago Mayor's office

By Pablo Fanque
National Affairs Editor

Well, it hasn't been a secret--for six months or so (and, really, longer), the rumors have been out there. Obviously BHO knew about it too.  Rahm has never kept it a secret--even when he was a congressman.  This is the job he really wanted.  And I have to admit, I think he'll be a pretty damned good big city mayor.

Other chiefs of staff have gone on to "bigger" things--Dick Cheney, James Baker, Gen, Haig, Rumsfeld, Donald Regan...

Two years is about the norm, really. It's just about as much as anyone in their right mind can take.  And he's not exactly well-loved, even around the white house.  Yeah, it does make it look like people are abandoning ship...what are you going to do? The ship is definitely taking on water, but it's fundamentally sound.  And it's probably time to re-energize the place with fresh meat.

Friday, September 17, 2010

She's rested, tanned, rich, and ready to rock following Tuesday's wins. The half-term Governor may just be running for the White House

By Pablo Fanque
All This Is That National Affairs Editor

After all the butt-scratching, dissembling, and aw-shucksing about her Presidential plans, Ex-Governor Sarah Palin now says, sure, "I would give it a shot."  But, only if we think she's "the one."

The half-term former Governor made this pronouncement during an interview with Fox News (her sometime employer).  There were, of course, a couple of contingencies:

"If the American people were to be ready for someone who is willing to shake it up, and willing to get back to time-tested truths, and help lead our country towards a more prosperous and safe future and if they happen to think I was the one, if it were best for my family and for our country, of course I would give it a shot."

As you all know, she is highly skilled at getting on TV and energizing the base, but her team's organizational skills run the gamut from pathetic to non-existent.  If she IS going to make an even half-serious run, she needs to get on the ground in the primary states...just as her potential adversaries like Mitt Romney, Haley Barbour, Newt Gingrich, and others are doing.  She found it difficult to study for the VP debates; it's not clear if she has the stomach for the massive operational efforts required to mount a Presidential primary campaign.