The irony of Jackie Kennedy, whose husband won few awards for marital fidelity, calling Martin Luther King, Jr. a phony because of FBI wiretaps showing that the preacher cavorted with other women, is rich.
Until Washington gets the courage to trust the American people to handle hard and sobering decisions -- and develops a plan of action that does not favor one interest group over another -- real economic solutions are not going to come from Washington.
Our "leaders" -- from the president on down -- should hang their heads in shame for wasting so much time and energy squabbling over the tax rates of the filthy rich and the size of giveaways to multi-national corporations while disaster unfolds before us.
It's strange that President Obama doesn't show any indignation about our long slide into economic oblivion. He's certainly not "fighting mad" about it. He draws a line in the sand, the Republicans cross it, then he steps back and draws another line in the sand.
As I watched the last mission of Atlantis -- something utterly unimaginable in 1969 -- some of the old feeling came back. But it seemed, with due respect, rather generic, with a cloudy future overhanging it all.
Fifty years ago, from May 31 to June 16, 1961, a world leader's wife found herself transformed into a world Icon in her own right. By the time she returned home to the U.S., she'd transcended being a mere trend-setter.
It was June of 1961, and the setting was neutral Vienna. This first and last Kennedy-Khrushchev summit would prove to be one of the most explosive and decisive meetings ever of the two most powerful leaders of their time.