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My duck can lay an egg! [May. 6th, 2008|01:47 pm]
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In 1912 newspaper publisher George Newett wrote an editorial in his Ishpeming, Michigan, paper, The Iron Ore. "Roosevelt lies, and curses in a most disgusting way," he wrote. "He gets drunk too and infrewuently, and all of his intimates know about it." President Roosevelt happened to be campaigning for another presidential term at the time and jumped at the opportunity to be the center of a big news story. he sued Newett for libel, insisting that he hardly drank alcohol at all. Roosevelt arrived in the small town with a phalanx of security, some famous friends to act as character witnesses, and a horde of reporters and photographers. Huge crowds showed up for the trial. The National Enquirer even gave the start of arguments a banner headline : DRUNKEN ROOSEVELT TRIAL BEGINS! On the stand, Roosevelt mesmerized the judge, the jury and the crowd with long stories about his many adventures around the world. Newett must have realized he was outgunned. After five days, he gave up, reading a statement to the court admitting that he had wronged the former president. Roosevelt, having proved his point, asked the judge that he be awarded the lowest legal sum -- 6 cents. The judge agreed. Asked by a reporter what he would do with the winnings he replied "That's about the price of a good paper." Cost of the Iron Ore? 3 Cents.


Mairzy Dotes. :)

And thanks so much to those that have seconded my nomination over at http://community.livejournal.com/lj_election_en/6484.html

We're over a hundred! Woohoo!! :) I am apparently in 9th place as of right now.

From: sleepygirl18
2008-05-06 06:49 pm (UTC)
I loe Roosevelt for things like that. Lol.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-06 06:50 pm (UTC)
Totally awesome. :)
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[User Picture]From: badasher
2008-05-06 06:55 pm (UTC)
I concur. He was a no nonsense, get stuff done sort of man & president, and while he played the political game as he had to -- his heart was in the right place.

Wouldn't it be lovely if we could say the same about today's leaders?

Speaking of which, Random...count on my vote. :-)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-06 06:59 pm (UTC)
It really would be awesome if politics were more like that. I know not everyone thinks the same, but I feel Obama has his heart in the right place.

And thanks, love. :)
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[User Picture]From: badasher
2008-05-06 07:14 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't it? I bet more people would vote because then they would actually feel like they had a say in things. As it is, seems like it's become a government for big business, by big business.

I have some good feelings about Obama but some misgivings as well. He seems to be as you say, but I haven't gotten the feeling that he has concrete plans in place to get things done. I may be wrong but it's the impression that I have.

And you are very much welcome. :-)

Edited at 2008-05-06 07:18 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-06 10:24 pm (UTC)
I can see that, but he's got integrity and I think that's been lacking in politics for a long time.
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[User Picture]From: badasher
2008-05-07 03:27 am (UTC)
You definitely have a point there. Integrity has become a dirty word apparently to those in power but Obama seems to stand counter to that trend.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-07 03:28 am (UTC)
Agreed. *nod*
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