Who Would Sarah Shoot?
The thrilling details of Sarah Palin’s Secret Service code name have been revealed to an anxious public, usually accompanied by boilerplate explaining how pretty Denali National Park is. Passed over in Palin’s moniker acceptance is her slap at our martyred 25th president.
Denali is the Native Alaskan name for Mount McKinley, the nation’s tallest peak. Thoughtful Alaskans prefer Denali to the name imposed by the Colossus of The South.
We’ve all enjoyed the disproved allegations of Palin’s Alaska Independence Party membership, while pocketing her husband’s.
Denali-ing aligns Palin with one of the weirder parts of the AIP legend, in which white, often immigrant Alaskans try to drape themselves in the rags of the oppressed natives.
Shuffled Off From Buffalo
The timeless aura of Plain Speakin’ & Brisk Walking Harry Truman claims another victim.
The 2008 campaign has already featured John Mccain wistfully recalling halcyon days when Truman strolled the capitol, accompanied by a single Secret Service agent.
Barack Obama has topped that on a visit to the Independence shrine, imagining Truman did it with no security.
“The thing that I envy most about Truman was that when he was in the White House, he could go out and take a walk. He could put on that fedora and take a stroll, without someone following him”
Obama had better watch his back. While he hit the Truman Memorial Building, and Truman’s home, Obama skipped the Truman Library, making the Library Board Chairman all huffy.
Trumanesque or Trumanish?
“Never Happened. Got It?”
A federal judge has ordered the Bush White House to produce Secret Service records of White House visitors, but the Administration argued in Federal Appeals Court Monday that the President’s advice seeking cloak of invisibility covers all entering the White House grounds.
The Bushies introduced a novel scheme to avoid disclosure: the Secret Service checks you in, passes the record to the White House staff, then destroys it’s own record. Presto, nothing to see here!
The AP says a hearing judge summed up the White House defense of Groundskeeper Willie:
“Under the government’s theory … visits to the White House social planner, caterer and gardener would all be secret because the president needs to receive advice privately.”