Tuesday, February 23, 2010

President Washington, 1732-1799

We remember another of George Washington's birthdays. 

He was so vital to the success of the new American nation.


Our friends at Power Line call him the indispensable man: and they are right.  


Washington led an army of colonists and then held together the new constitution by serving as the first president.


He could have been "president for life" or reelected to a 3rd term.  However, he respected the constitution and set the example by walking away from power.



He was indeed the indispensable man to the new nation.  Where would we be today without the work of George Washington?

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

1972: President Nixon went to China



It is still amazing to think of this picture.  This is Air Force One landing in China years ago this week.

We will soon celebrate another anniversary of President Nixon's trip to China

It is still the most incredible presidential trips in US history.  Can you think of another one more unexpected or revolutionary?

President Nixon built his career as an anti-communist and strong supporter of the US military superiority.  He was the last person in the world that any would have expected to go to China and shake Mao's hand.

Well, he did and changed international relations.  

His visit to China also created the political phrase or the "Nixon to China" moment.  It became a phrase to describe a presidential move that went against conventional wisdom.

We learned later that Secretary of State Kissinger had planed to the trip for months. 

Pres Nixon's motives were to improve relations with China and divide the two communist superpowers.  He also understood the potential of China, diplomatically and economically.   Eventually, we developed our relationship with China but kept strong ties with Taiwan with care and diplomacy.

Today, China is an emerging superpower with a billion people and lots of challenges.  Time will tell whether China will continue to grow or blow up from within.  Again, time will tell.





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Thursday, February 04, 2010

I789: George Washington was elected president of the US


We recall that George Washington was elected as the first president of the US on this day in 1789.    

His presidency was the first and Washington took special care to set the appropriate examples and to show respect for the US Constitution.

President Washington served two terms and then he retired to Virginia in 1797.  
He died in 1799.
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1945: The Yalta Conference between Stalin, Churchill and FDR


We remember The Yalta Conference of 1945 between PM Churchill of the UK, President FD Roosevelt of the US and Premier Stalin of the USSR.    

It was the first meeting between allies about the postwar world.   Unfortunately, PM Churchill turned out to be right about "The Iron Curtain" and Eastern Europe.  

In less than a year, the Red Army marched into Romania, Poland and other countries.   It took almost 50 years to drive them out!

We discussed Yalta 1945 on Thursday's radio show:


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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

1983: Karen Carpenter died


It's hard to believe but Karen Carpenter died in 1983

It was one of those "shock moments" when I heard that she died.   It was even worse when I heard that her death was related to anorexia.  What a tragic story!

Over the years, we've continued to enjoy The Carpenters and their amazing sound.  Karen had one of the most incredible voices ever in pop music history.

Rolling Stone ranks Karen #94 in their list of the 100 greatest singers.  They describe it this way:  
Impossibly lush and almost shockingly intimate, Carpenter's performances were a new kind of torch singing, built on understatement and tiny details of inflection that made even the sappiest songs sound like she was staring directly into your eyes.
I would rate her a lot higher than # 94.  I think that she is up there with the very best.  Who else had a better voice?  Who else could sing a song like Karen Carpenter?


 


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