(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."