President Bush: Rewriting History the Hard Way
There was a time when the word "Nixonian" meant all that was bad in politics. Richard Nixon was Darth Vader before Darth Vader was Darth Vader. But amazingly President Bush and his wretched buddy, Dick the Dick Cheney, have managed to do the impossible. They've managed to turn Richard Nixon into the good old days. Okay, maybe not, but at least the Nixon administration is over.
I was going through some of my papers and I found the program from the Inaugural Parade of January 20th, 1969. I was 14, and we sat right across from the reviewing stand which was right in front of the White House. I was struck by what an odd guy our new President seemed to be. He had a weird grin and an uneasy manner. Later, we'd learn about the paranoia.
These were dramatic times. We were stuck in Vietnam and the parade was affected by protesters, but America was also around 6 months from landing on the moon. One of the coolest things about that day, was that there were astronauts in the parade. I remembered seeing lots of them, but the featured ones were the crew of Apollo 7.
Nothing these days comes close to the excitement of the Space Program, although the politics of 1969 poisoned a lot of the joy. Vietnam hung over everything, and it made it an awful time.
Of course, back then when a President turned out to be a lying sack, we would rise up and drive him out of office. See what I mean? It really was the good old days.