The news is busy today with the firing of General Stanley McChrystal, the administration’s leading General in the war in Afghanistan and replacing him with General David Petraeus, the former lead General for the Bush administration during the war in Iraq. I have already seen reports criticizing Obama for his response, yet, even if he kept McChrystal on as the General, there would have been commentary from the media. This got me to thinking, “What other Generals have been fired through American History?” The founding fathers were deeply concerned about the presence of a standing army, having witnessed how European armies had been used against civilians to collect taxes and to brutally keep the population under control. Having the President as Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces helps prevent a coup from happening. Here are five other times the President had to act like Donald Trump and say, “You’re Fired!” Read more…
Happy Birthday to these five people born on May 8th. Birthdays include Peter Benchley, Sonny Liston, Robert Johnson Melissa Gilbert, & this 33rd PotUS.
Walter Cronkite, American icon and broadcast journalist died in his home in New York City on July 17, 2009 of complications with cerebrovascular disease, a dysfunction where the blood vessels restrict bloodflow to the brain. He was 92 years old. Walter Cronkite led a rich, full life. He entered our living rooms for over 40 years and when he retired, he treated us to special presentations for almost three decades. Here are five things that you may not have known about this legendary broadcaster.
We all know the story: On November 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy - the 35th President of the United States- was killed while riding in his motorcade in Dallas, Texas. The Warren Commission, led by Chief Justice Earl Warren, concluded that Kennedy's assassination was committed by a single gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald.