Jun 2, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 36 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
In the spirit of bipartisanship, The Scrapbook is happy to endorse the proposal—offered by the two Missouri senators, Claire McCaskill (D) and Roy Blunt (R)—to rename Washington’s Union Station for the 33rd president. If all goes as planned, the main railroad terminal in the nation’s capital will henceforth be called Harry S. Truman Union Station, which is fine with us.
If it had already been named for a famous Washingtonian—Duke Ellington, for example, or J. Edgar Hoover—we would have opposed the change on principle; but there are Union Stations all over America. And on a historic note, Truman was the last president whose campaign for election (1948) was largely conducted by train. The idea makes sense.
And for two other reasons. In 1998, when it was proposed that Congress rename Washington’s National Airport in honor of Ronald Reagan, the idea was criticized—very loudly, in certain cases—by congressional Democrats. As it happens, the proposal easily passed the Senate (76-22) but was opposed in the House by 186 Democrats, led by the airport’s local representative, the egregious James Moran (D-Va.). Here, now, is a chance, in The Scrapbook’s opinion, for congressional Republicans to demonstrate which party on Capitol Hill contains the grownups.
There is one other reason as well. One of the Washington Post’s bumptious Metro columnists, named John Kelly, has announced his opposition to honoring Truman in this way. Kelly still resents the fact that National Airport is now called Reagan National Airport—“There’s the irony of naming an airport after the guy who broke the air traffic controller’s union. It’s like renaming Atlanta ‘Shermanville’ ”—and complains that Harry Truman was just one of many “other train-riding presidents.”
Well, yes—except that Washington is host to a center for the performing arts named for a president (John F. Kennedy) whose taste in literature ran to James Bond thrillers, and contains a glowering statue of Martin Luther King executed in Maoist style by a sculptor from Red China. The idea of adding the name of President Truman to the prosaic “Union Station” seems positively inspired by comparison.
10:39 AM, Aug 9, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
"When word of a crisis breaks out in Washington, it's no accident that
the first question that comes to everyone's lips is: 'Where's the nearest carrier?'"
(President Bill Clinton, March 12, 1993, aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt)
Twenty years later, it appears that the answer to that question will soon be, "The carriers are in mothballs." Rusting away. We can't afford them any longer."
6:00 AM, Nov 8, 2012 • By JAY COST
Barack Obama is now the first president in American history to win a second term with a smaller share of the electoral vote, a smaller share of the popular vote, and a smaller aggregate vote than when he was first elected. There are still votes to be counted, but as of this writing he actually has fewer votes than George W. Bush won in 2004.
12:00 AM, Oct 8, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The following excerpts of Mitt Romney’s foreign policy address, which will be delivered later today at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, have been released for preview by the Romney campaign:
5:44 PM, Jul 13, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a local interview with WJLA, President Obama urges Mitt Romney to say that he was running Bain Capital after 1999, though Romney insists he did not actively manage the company at that time. "Well, here's what I know, we were just talking about responsibility and as president of the United States, it's pretty clear to me that I'm responsible for folks who are working in the federal government and you know, Harry Truman said the buck stops with you," Obama said.
6:00 AM, May 25, 2012 • By JAY COST
In 1964, when President Lyndon Johnson inaugurated his “War on Poverty,” he travelled to the heart of coal country in eastern Kentucky, one of the poorest regions in the country. It was, until recently, most reliably Democratic: In the 20th century when Democrats won the presidency, they almost always won Kentucky, thanks to strong support from the east.
Obama follows in Truman’s (unconstitutional) footsteps. Apr 30, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 31 • By MICHAEL STOKES PAULSEN
Sixty years ago, on April 8, 1952, President Harry Truman directed his secretary of commerce, Charles Sawyer, to seize and take over operation of the nation’s steel companies, in order to give steelworkers a wage increase and avert a strike threatening steel production during the Korean War. Truman’s action led, in short order, to one of the most famous and important of all modern Supreme Court decisions—Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co.
6:00 AM, Sep 7, 2011 • By JAY COST
It’s often been said that Barack Obama is an audacious leader. But perhaps it's better to consider the possibility that he is just a politician who lacks a sense of irony, at least when it comes to himself. For example, last weekend in Detroit, the president said:
On political events and realignments.10:35 AM, Dec 31, 2010 • By JAY COST
As legend has it, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillian was once asked what he most feared, to which he responded, "Events, dear boy, events." That, essentially, is the point that the enigmatic but always insightful "Karl," who regularly blogs at HotAir's GreenRoom, made in response to my item last week about Hispanics and the supposed "emerging D
If President Obama faces a Republican House, he will have two models to choose between: Harry Truman and Bill Clinton.Nov 1, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 07 • By JAY COST
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