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He Yelled Himself Hoarse
There is a lot for which President Bush will be eternally criticized, once he bids to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue a sweet parting. But among those things which history will judge exemplary in Bush: His rolled-up sleeves.
For a half-century now, the sight of a president in a button-down Oxford shirt, the sleeves rended upward in anticipation of his labor—Our labor, he’ll tell the crowd—has been an evergreen arrow in the campaign quiver. It isn’t just the sleeves: A corpus of mannerism, countenance, speech, and inflection go along with the sleeves. The rolled-up sleeves allow a sitting American president—allow the most powerful man on Earth—to goad a crowd into a three-syllable chant of USA, and look presidential doing it. No, you cannot roll up your sleeves and then give a speech exhorting Americans to roll up their sleeves, too. That’s a bit on the nose. You’ve got to simply do it, and by example give inspiration. Bush did this just yesterday, in Sellersburg, Indiana. He wore himself hoarse by invoking Reagan—a master of the sleeves himself—and telling the audience that Democrats in Washington plan to “just say no” to listening in on terrorists.
Anyway, I suppose in this one respect, although one hopes in others, history will glow warmly on Bush, because he was a president who, in a room of just a few hundred or so, teased forth from each person his own glow.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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