The Roosevelt Legacy: Greatness For All!

Laying It On With A Trowel  roosevelt-library-dedication.JPG

Our glorious tradition of Presidential Libraries was of course launched by Franklin Roosevelt, who famously parked the first  one in his yard, and had himself buried there to complete the pharaoh-fication.


The special localness of these little bits o’ greatness scattered over the landscape are celebrated by America’s leading purveyor of thoughtful presidential historian mush, David  McCullough:

it is valuable for anyone trying to understand the life of a particular president should come to the place that produced that human being, where his memory is part of the story of that place.

Stirring words, except Reagan’s location is an accident of real estate after Stanford, where he had no ties, turned him down. Nixon crawled back to Yorba Linda after numerous rejections elsewhere, and Bush Sr is in College Station for ideological congruity, not any local ties.


The great tradition is coming to its logical end at the FDR Library, where the seventy-five year old structure’s roof leaks, the wiring is shot, and damp threatens the Roosevelt papers. A $17 million fix is requested.

Just why this collection of randomly sited mini-archives must be maintained and expanded into perpetuity even as they are pilfered from within is unclear.

Is Nixon Burning?

Hope Lives    yorba-linda-fire.jpg

So far the Yorba Linda fires appear to be west of the Nixon Birthplace, Grave, Wedding Chapel and Museum, but watch the skies!  nixon-thumb.jpg

Excitable locals are monitoring the situation.

Nixon Library Celebration: The Ghost At The Wedding



Spot The Uninvited Guest!




nixon-library-pin.jpg   The Nixon Legacy lives on, in the form of the desperate schemes his presidential library was forced to undertake before they collapsed into the arms of the National Archives.

Now the Archives runs a lot of the place, but the Nixon Library & Birthplace Foundation still controls some of the buildings and grounds.

The centerpiece of their tiny realm is a “recreation” of the White House East Room,  nixon-east-room-with-skylight.jpg   if the East Room had monster skylights.

In the words of Nixon daughter Julie Eisenhower, “It’s more beautiful than I expected“.


Wedding guests do the usual classy wedding things…

Plaster the bride with bills nixon-wedding-rentals-boris-and-golnoosh.JPG

Wear unfortunate shoes  nixon-wedding-house-charissa-jarryd.jpg

Pose with available machinery nixon-bride-chopper-sara-john-the-nixon-library1.jpg

Bring mystery guests to the table nixon-wedding-becker-and-kessner-families.jpg

nixon-wedding-bride-bench-sara-_-john-_-the-nixon-library.jpg  & pose by the Nixon grave! nixon-grave-birthplace.gif

Margaret Truman: The Ghost Who Types

The Voice From Beyond  truman-flame.jpg

America’s most prolific dead presidential offspring/author has struck again.  Margaret Truman, Harry’s daughter, has checked in again with yet another Washington “mystery.”  Murder Inside The Beltway is perhaps the most insipidly titled of her, shall we say uninspired crap novels.


Miss Truman “authored” a string of ’em before her January death.  She’s entombed with her parents and husband at the Truman Library.

A Sure Sign California Is No Longer In Play

….The Howling Silence Here    nixon-graves-house-in-background.jpg

ford-grave-mccain.jpg  Versus The Michigan Traffic Jams.