PRESIDENTS OF WAR, 9 other books. @NBCNews Presidential Historian. PBS contributor. Born Chicago. Williams College. Opinions my own.
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Feb 4 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
After Soviets shot down American U-2 spy plane deep in their territory on May Day 1960, they displayed the wreckage, espionage cameras and other devices aboard.
After American U-2 spy plane went missing in Soviet Union, May Day 1960, U.S. government claimed that it had been doing "weather research":
Feb 4 • 10 tweets • 2 min read
All-star cast of "Airport" (1970)--can you name these actors?
OK, which of this actors sadly died soon after "Airport" opened?
Jan 26 • 12 tweets • 4 min read
Remember Apollo 1's Grissom, White, Chaffee, who perished tomorrow 1967:
Note handed to LBJ at White House tomorrow night 1967:
Jan 26 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
RNC is meeting at Dana Point, California, near where Richard Nixon proposed marriage to Pat.
Dana Point was also scene of Frost/Nixon interviews:
Jan 26 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Eleanor Roosevelt and Lucille Ball at one of annual FDR Birthday Ball celebrations to raise money for polio research, this week 1944:
If this were a decade later, Ethel might have shown up to push the cake into Lucy's face.
Jan 23 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
“When the C.I.A. noticed in late 2010 that its spies were disappearing…as fears of a mole grew, the government set up a secret task force….A veteran F.B.I. counterintelligence agent, Charles McGonigal, was assigned to run it,” reported @nytimes in 2018.
Director of FBI when McGonigal was named to head counterintelligence task force in 2010 was Robert Mueller.
Jan 22 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Who is sitting at left of Joseph Kennedy, Sr., in the Presidential box at JFK's 1961 inaugural celebration?
No correct answers yet -- anyone else want to try?
Jan 22 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
OK, recognize anyone in this photograph of Jimmy Carter's 1977 inauguration?
Where's Jerry Brown?
Jan 17 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Why is Santos getting two House committees?
Which science does Santos have expertise on, given his new seat on the House Science Committee?
Jan 17 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Eisenhower's important TV farewell speech warning against "Military-Industrial Complex" (draft with notes), delivered from Oval Office tonight, 1961:
Talked in this National Archives video (2011) on origins of Eisenhower "Military-Industrial Complex" speech (3 minutes):
Jan 14 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
MLK was born tomorrow 1929:
MLK receives Nobel Peace Prize, 1964:
Jan 13 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Cigarette smoking in the Capitol, 1918:
“Men who think straight and decide quickly like a cigarette.”
Jan 12 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Anyone want to suggest a title for a Santos biopic?
Perhaps “Who Will Buy?”
Jan 11 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Possible to hire Betty Draper to vet future House candidates?
Jan 11 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
How would you describe the aesthetics of the cars in this photograph?
1975 auto show:
Jan 9 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
Richard Nixon was born a hundred and ten years ago today:
Perhaps last photograph of Nixon, 1994:
Jan 9 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Year before his death, in January 1971, Harry Truman was visited in hospital, Kansas City, by Spiro Agnew:
Have mentioned that someone could probably sing the song of Agnew by replacing the lyrics of @Carole_King's "Jazzman" with new ones that go with "Bagman."
Jan 7 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
1964 version of "Strait-Jacket" starred Joan Crawford:
Hope the 2023 version of "Strait-Jacket" does not turn out to be so hair-raising.
Jan 7 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Ma'am, the new Speaker is calling from Washington DC:
Arrival of new Speaker at the aging mansion in Palm Beach:
Jan 5 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
What do you mean I can't be Speaker? I've still got more deals to make.
We're trying to get you the votes, Kevin, but it doesn't look promising.
Jan 4 • 7 tweets • 1 min read
Gaetz has now written Architect of the Capitol to ask how long, after his poor showing in the vote today, McCarthy will be allowed to occupy Speaker’s official suite “before he is considered a squatter.” Getting more interesting every minute.
Does the new Gaetz letter suggest that he might take it upon himself to personally throw McCarthy and his belongings out of the Speaker’s official suite? Or is he asking for a bouncer to do it?