9:35 AM, Aug 20, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
For some reason, the president will be honoring a football team at the White House today. It is not quite football season, yet. The team in question has not been a team for a long time, and there is no particular anniversary occasion. This is not the fiftieth year since it achieved glory or anything of that sort. Just another August day.
The team being honored would be the 1972 edition of the Miami Dolphins and it accomplished something no other National Football League outfit has. It won the Super Bowl after going through an entire season undefeated. Final record: 17-0.
Something to celebrate, certainly. But Richard Nixon, who was president (but not for much longer) did not invite the Dolphins to the White House. Maybe he was sore because the Dolphins beat the local Redskins, Nixon's team, in the Super Bowl and we all know now spiteful the man could be. So perhaps the explanation is that President Obama, who is busy making a lot of very Nixon-like blunders, is hosting the team to make up for one of his predecessor's mistakes.
Or, maybe, it is just an empty day in August and the White House was looking for a headline and decided to throw a bone to football fanatics. Nice little non-political event. Bit of nostalgia. What could go wrong? Except, as Alexis Simendinger of RCP reports,
Legendary coach Don Shula plans to attend Tuesday, although several former members of the championship team told news outlets they will skip the event because they disagree with administration policies.
No names mentioned in the story but that is okay since the '72 Dolphins were famous for their "no name defense."
8:00 AM, May 21, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
The thoughtful Carl Cannon has written a piece, "Richard Milhous Obama," concluding that our current president has more in common with our 37th than President Obama's partisans would like to acknowledge. The estimable Victor Davis Hanson has weighed in, defending against liberal dissents the proposition that "Nixon Is a Fair Comparison" with Obama.
3:05 PM, Feb 1, 2013 • By NOEMIE EMERY
Vietnam veteran and ex-Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Isolation) made a stunning impression in his audition for the role of secretary of defense yesterday, though it was not quite the one that he wished. "Though he was being asked about things he had said over the course of the past 15 years, it was what Hagel said yesterday…that had his defenders reeling in shock and even his critics aghast at how poorly he handled himself," wrote John Podhoretz in the New York Post. Said Roger L. Simon, "They had to send him a note in the middle of the proceedings to remind him of the administration’s position on Iran and 'containment,' and even then [he] got it wrong."
10:55 AM, Apr 22, 2012 • By PETER WEHNER
It’s widely reported that Charles Colson once said he'd walk over his grandmother to get Richard Nixon elected to a second term. In the Nixon White House he was considered smart, effective, and ruthless—Nixon's "hatchet man." Then came Watergate, a prison sentence, and a conversion nearly as dramatic as St. Augustine’s or St. Paul’s.
Ted Sorensen bloviates.2:10 PM, Sep 28, 2010 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
Since 1963 Theodore C. Sorensen has been subsisting on his eight-year career as a ghostwriter for John F. Kennedy, and faithful readers of the New York Times have come to rely on his periodic contributions to the editorial pages during the past 47 years. Here Sorensen has repeated, with emphasis, his simple, three-part formula for understanding modern American history:
Declassified Nixon documents.1:10 PM, Jul 2, 2010 • By GABRIEL SCHOENFELD
The answer, of course, is yes. But it happened a long time ago, in the Nixon years. During Nixon’s first term in office, Charles Radford, a young enlisted Navy man detailed as an admiral’s assistant and posted in the Old Executive Office Building, assiduously collected White House documents from refuse baskets, burn bags, and directly off of officials' desks and passed them along to his superiors.
The president doesn't need to follow a pointless trend. 4:40 PM, Apr 19, 2010 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
A number of names are being tossed about in the sweepstakes to succeed Justice John Paul Stevens, and the three front-runners at the moment seem to be Merrick Garland and Diane Wood, both federal appeals court judges, and Solicitor General Elena Kagan, former dean of the Harvard Law School. My own preference would be for Elena Kagan. This is not because of any particular virtue in Kagan, or defect in Wood and Garland--all three of whom, I'm sure, are eminently qualified to serve--but because Kagan, if appointed and confirmed, would be the first Supreme Court justice since Sandra Day O'Connor (1981) who had never been a federal appellate judge.
Have the Democrats left no room for moderates? 4:42 PM, Feb 16, 2010 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
I, too, was surprised by Sen. Evan Bayh's decision not to run for a third term. In an institution where members have a habit of hanging on until they leave the chamber feet-first--casting votes while attached to IVs, being wheeled in and out for quorum calls--it is always noteworthy when a relatively young senator voluntarily steps down. (At 54, Bayh is two years older than his father, Sen. Birch Bayh, was when the elder Bayh was defeated for re-election by Dan Quayle in 1980.)
The Remarkable Second Career of Chuck ColsonJun 28, 1999, Vol. 4, No. 39 • By JOE LOCONTE
Sixty-seven-year-old Chuck Colson looks almost spry as he threads his way through the New Jersey State Prison, a maximum security facility in Trenton, New Jersey. The barbed wire, watchtowers, and 15-foot walls suggest a pretty exclusive club: Only men who've committed crimes earning them 25 years to life are admitted here.
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