Thursday, November 06, 2008

The Churchill Series – Nov. 5, 2008

(One of a series of weekday posts about the life of Winston S. Churchill.)

Regular readers of this series know I almost never tie a post to a particular current event.

Today I’m making an exception in response to one of the silliest and just plain dumb TV news report interviews I’ve ever witnessed.

It took place tonight on the Fox’s
The O’Reilly Factor. A tape of the interview in which O’Reilly questions Fox News chief political correspondent Carl Cameron discuss criticisms by anonymous McCain staffers of Gov. Sarah Palin is below. Judge for yourselves.

In a long litany of things Palin is alleged to have said and done which Cameron reports in a credulous “and then you what else” manner is this: Once, when McCain aides knocked on Palin’s hotel room door, she allegedly answered their knock wearing her bathrobe.

What would Churchill have thought of that? Like just about everyone, he opened many a door while wearing a bathrobe.

He often wore a bathrobe while painting in very public places.

There’s also a very famous photo taken Christmas Day, 1943 of Churchill with a group of senior Allied commanders assembled for lunch at, I believe, Gen. Eisenhower’s headquarters.

The officers are all in their smart uniforms. Churchill, just recovered from pneumonia and resting in bed most of the day, is wearing a broad smile and a very gaudy bathrobe.

Make something of that O’Reilly, Cameron and McCain Anon smear artists!

I’ll bet some of you are thinking: “Yes to what John is saying; and then there were all the times Churchill went hither and yon in the buff.

So let’s conclude with this item from the Churchill Centre’s
Action This Day series documenting events in Churhill’s life. From the Autumn 1912 section at which time Churchill was 38:

His cousin, "Sunny," Ninth Duke of Marlborough, wrote from France that he had purchased Winston a Christmas present, a bathrobe, because "I have been shocked at the manner in which you display your person when travelling to and from the bathroom, and I am making an effort to find you an appropriate leaf."


Anonymous said...

Some of McCain's staffers are putting out anonymous reports about Sarah Palin blaming her for the campaign's poor showing. Politics, as the man says, ain't beanbag; McCain and his people tried doing it by the Marquis of Queensbury's rules and it got them bubkes. Sarah took the fight to Obama and was the reason the vote wasn't more lop-sided. If I were one of McCain's strategists, I'd tuck my tail between my legs and go hide somewhere for a decade or two. I sure wouldn't put out the anonymous hate stories about Sarah Barracuda.
Tarheel Hawkeye

Anonymous said...

John McCain has allowed more disparaging comments about Gov. Palin than he did BHO. I am disgusted with McCain, and his creepy staff. I am also disgusted with Bill O’Reilly for allowing the smut to be aired. He has said he would not allow unsubstantiated remarks about a candidate. So much for the empty words emitted from his blow hole.

The big blow ‘O’ thinks liberals are watching him, and he needs to look like an Independent, or in the middle somewhere. Oh yeah, the liberals watching him are the ones looking for a gaffe so they can scream racism. (Which they did) They HATE him and FOX.

A reminder to O’Bile-ly, “Dance with the one who brung ya.” I don’t watch him, and in this case that is too bad, I would enjoy saying I am boycotting him.