Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The LuLac Edition #2434, May 29th, 2013

Former President Carter in the Wyoming Valley area yesterday. (Photo: 


The 39th President of the United States joined the 19th (Rutherford B. Hayes) and the 26th (Theodore Roosevelt) in making a speech on the hallowed ground of the Wyoming Monument. Carter began his speech at about 3:05PM and spoke to a crowd about how things seems so much different in Washington now as opposed to the time he spent there during the embattled late 1970s. 
Carter commented on the weather saying farmers never complained about the rain. He talked about how as Americans we need to come together to make a better world. The former President,  at 88 is still on the top of his game and enthralled his audience with a story about a trip to a foreign land that did not have freedoms we enjoy. Carter said that in this country, he told a story that did not get big laughs when he gave it here at home. When he was finished with the story there, the crowd roared with laughter. After the speech, Carter inquired as to why so many people laughed. He was told that a sign was held commanding the listeners to laugh. Which they did. Reports I’m getting tell me that those in attendance Tuesday afternoon at the Wyoming Monument needed no signage to enjoy the former President’s remarks.
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President's Birthday Party, given by White House Staff. President and Mrs. Kennedy, assistants David Powers and Kenneth O'Donnell, others. White House, Navy Mess Hall. Photograph by Robert Knudsen, White House, in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. 


Fifty years ago today President John Kennedy celebrated a relatively low key birthday (his 46th) in the White House. It was in stark contrast to the 1962 celebration which featured the sultry Marilyn Monroe singing “Happy Birthday Mr. President”. Kennedy opened gifts in his office area with staff members,  then spent the rest of the early evening in his quarters with his family. Later in the year, Kennedy would be assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22nd. 


This week, it was revealed that Pope John XXIII suffered another hemorrhage and required blood transfusions, in his recently disclosed battle with stomach cancer. (The Pope was diagnosed in the early fall of 1962 but that news was kept from the public). Doctors reported the cancer had perforated the stomach wall and peritonitis set in. The Pontiff’s condition was then downgraded to grave and fifty years ago this week, the number 1 song in LuLac land and America Was “It’s My Party” by Lesley Gore. Source: LuLac archives, wikipedia). 


At 7:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two dead guys and an ex President trolling for bucks for his hometown. Put a flag up Yonk, history is obviously a non starter!

At 10:00 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Good morning Students,

Well, talk about it being a short week!!! I hope you all enjoyed your Memorial Day holiday and did so responsibly; although my contacts tell me that stock in the malt liquour industry rose sharply these past few days, so I need not wonder. I myself enjoyed a nice few “extra” days off. I was the guest of some friends in New England and had the wonderful experience of enjoying a few days of sailing. The sunshine, the ocean breeze with its stench of the salty air, all a great prescription to revitalization of the spirit and soul. Not to mention the wonderful food. If you ever get up to New England, forget the lobster (although it is delicious) but try the clams. You just can’t beat the taste of Maine crab. Though, again I feel I am wasting my time as the idea of good seafood in your ingrate eyes is Long John Silvers.
The work of this classroom goes forward……..
Students, I enjoyed Mr. Yonki’s paper on the visit to our area by Former Pres. Jimmy Carter. There is but no question that Mr. Carter is a very intelligent man (but sheer intelligence, mind you, does NOT make a great leader). He is a very moral man, who has lived a responsible lifestyle personally. No alcohol, cigarettes, etc. which accounts for his perfect health and wonderful diction for a man of his age. HE walks as if he were fifty and not eighty eight. All in all, someone to admire in these categories. Yet, let us look at the full record……..
Mr. Carter came to the White House in a meteoric rise to power. A mere year earlier, very few outside of his home state of Georgia knew his name. His only previous national exposure came on the TV game show What’s My Line in 1974 (hosted by the late Larry Blyden). Upon entering Washington, he immediately began to burn political bridges, most of them in his own Party. Mere common practices such as providing a breakfast for visiting congressional delegations for morning meetings ceased. The word compromise was a dirty one to the President. He would not bend on issues, thereby creating gridlock. Again, I remind you, his arguments were with his own Democratic majority (and a very high majority). Inflation skyrocketed by the summer of 1979 and Carter seemed more intent on forging peace treaties in the Middle East and urging America to not drive cars. Things were so bad that in July the President secluded himself in Camp David for several weeks holding meetings with congressional leaders and prominent citizens. Upon returning from the Camp David gathering, then Sen. Lowell Weicker (A Democrat) stated: “I think the President’s nuts!”. Carter finally went on Television to tell the nation all that it was doing wrong---not admitting fault with what he was doing wrong. Ronald Reagan called it “the Malaise speech” and it was in part responsible for Carter’s defeat a year later.
Of course, the worst was not over at that time in ’79……..later in November we all know what happened with the Iranian Hostage crisis.
To be honest, students, there was not a single bright spot in the man’s entire Presidency. Unless, of course, you want to be an optimist and conclude that without the darkness of Carter we would never have been lucky to welcome the sunshine of Reagan.
Fate is a funny thing……
We can only wonder what great future leader the current Oval Office occupant will be responsible for providing us with……
Something to think about this morning……..
Class Dismissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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