Friday, December 05, 2008
You say you want a revolution?
May 1968 -- revolution is in the air around the world, but Paul McCartney and Andy Williams are having a nice lunch. From the book "The Beatles: a Diary" by Barry Miles and Chris Charlesworth:
May 21, 1968: Paul and Jane [Asher] had lunch with Andy Williams and his French wife [the singer and actress] Claudine Colbert. That evening they attended his final Royal Albert Hall show and the end-of-the-show party afterward. It must have been very relaxing.
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Labels: 1968, Beatles, the Sixties
Friday, November 16, 2007
How baby boomers took over
The current issue (19 Nov 07) of Newsweek has this remarkable passage:
[As the Spring of 1968 began, President Lyndon] Johnson was bitter. "How is it possible," he repeatedly asked, "that all these people could be so ungrateful to me after I had given them so much? Take the Negroes. I fought for them from the first day I came into office. I spilled my guts in getting them the Civil Rights Act of 1964 through Congress ... I asked so little in return. Just a little thanks. Just a little appreciation. That's all. But look what I got instead. Riots in 175 cities. Looting. Burning. Shooting ..." On and on, Johnson would rant, against the students and poor people who had turned against him, despite all he had done for them, "young people by the thousands leaving their universities, marching in the streets, chanting that horrible song about how many kids had I killed that day ..." ("Hey! Hey! LBJ! ...")How satisfying -- even 30 years later -- to hear a politician actually acknowledging the effect of protests. No wonder baby boomers are so full of themselves now -- they brought down not just Nixon, but Johnson as well.
Johnson's worst dream, the most violent and diabolical, began with a twisted take on a cattle stampede. "I felt," Johnson later confided to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, "that I was being chased on all sides by a giant stampede coming at me from all directions." There were "the rioting blacks, demonstrating students, marching welfare mothers, squawking professors, and hysterical reporters. And then the final straw. The thing that I had feared from the first day of my Presidency was actually coming true. Robert Kennedy had openly announced his intention to reclaim the throne in the memory of his brother. And the American people, swayed by the magic of his name, were dancing in the streets."
As for now, can you imagine George Bush even being aware of -- much less being upset by -- the national mood of disgust with him?
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Labels: 1968, Bush, politics, Republicans, zeitgeist
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