Roaring '90s

Posted: Nov 01, 2007 11:49 AM
Roaring '90s

Question: Which of the 12 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives is the largest, holding 76.8 million pages of paper documents, 1.85 million photographs, 75,000 museum artifacts and a replica of the Oval Office and Cabinet Room?

Hint: The library is located at 1200 President Clinton Avenue in Little Rock, Ark.

Given all of the pomp and ceremony during his eight years in Washington, all of the bill-signings and state dinners, all of the domestic and global travel and all of the successes and failures resulting in all of the depositions and court proceedings, the archival and museum holdings at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum are "the largest" within the presidential library system.

That said, Terri Garner will become the new director of the Clinton library next Monday, leaving her post as executive director of the Bangor (Maine) Museum and Center for History. Before that, she held leadership positions at Xerox and Sun Microsystems.

"When we built this library, we wanted to create a unique place, where people could come and learn about America at the turn of the 21st century, and where they would feel engaged at that experience," Mr. Clinton said recently.

And come to learn they have. In fewer than three years, more than a million people have visited the library.

Comfort foods

"After pepperoni pizza and banana milkshakes once, I dreamed about Bill Clinton."

So confessed ABC's Diane Sawyer to "Good Morning America" co-host Charles Gibson on July 10, 2001. The admission is among the most outrageous "Notable Quotables" from the past two decades, highlighted by the Media Research Center as it celebrates its 20th anniversary as one of the country's leading media-watchdog groups.

Divided party

Conservative Bay Buchanan, the former treasurer of the U.S. under President Reagan who now is senior adviser to Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo's Republican presidential campaign, hints that she would support Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for president before she'd cast a vote for leading 2008 Republican presidential candidate Rudolph W. Giuliani.

Appearing this week on talk radio's "The Bill Press Show," Mrs. Buchanan, sister of right-wing pundit Pat Buchanan, said of the former New York mayor: "I don't know that he will win, but if he does, win or lose, I think the Republican Party will be damaged and the conservative movement will be set back years."

At which point Mr. Press (heard locally on WWRC-1260 AM, 6 to 9 a.m.) expressed surprise.

"I would not vote for Rudy Giuliani," she stressed. "Under no circumstances would I vote for him. I don't care if it's against Hillary or anybody else."


Andrew H. Card Jr., longtime chief of staff to President Bush before stepping down after six years, has joined Fleishman-Hillard International's 13-member advisory board as a senior strategist.

A former vice president of global government relations at General Motors, and before that president and CEO of the American Automobile Manufacturers Association, Mr. Card joins a panel of heavy-hitters that includes former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and fellow former White House Chief of Staff Leon E. Panetta, who served under President Clinton.

No direction

It's not just Democrats, but the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that now is saying the U.S. government's efforts in Iraq "lack strategies with a clear purpose, scope, roles and performance measures."

GAO audits and oversight on securing, stabilizing and rebuilding Iraq, compiled in a rather critical report dated Oct. 30, find that "no lead agency provides overall direction, and U.S. priorities have been subject to numerous changes."

U.S. allies, meanwhile, have offered little assistance. The GAO states that from the start, whatever U.S. strategy existed at the time "assumed that the Iraqis and international community would help finance Iraq's reconstruction."

But the Iraqis are divided as a country and people, and the international community pledged a mere $15.6 billion for reconstruction efforts, $11 billion of which is in the form of "loans." Compare that to the U.S. Congress, which since 2003 has obligated nearly $400 billion for Iraq, with billions more on the way.

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