Oscar de la Renta
July 22, 1932 - October 20, 2014
Oscar de la Renta’s career spanned several administrations and many First Ladies looked to the American fashion designer for just the right thing to wear on important occasions.
Here is a photo of Hillary Clinton in her 1997 inaugural gown designed by the great Oscar de la Renta.
President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton dance at a 1997 Inaugural Ball. 1/20/97. Photo from the Clinton Library
Oct. 20-21, 1967. The March on the Pentagon begins.
100,000 people arrive in Washington on Friday and convene Saturday morning at the Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool on the Mall. The weather is sunny and pleasant, and so far the mood is calm.
LBJ Library photo 7051-33, and 7051-35, public domain.
Perk up your Monday with a memo about coffee.
Staff Secretary Jim Connor’s note on this memo from Deputy Chief of Staff Dick Cheney from October 20, 1975, succinctly sums up why the coffee bill for Donald Rumsfeld’s office was over $100: "They are drinking too much coffee and have too many people drinking it!"
The Mess records showed that the bill covered 200 pots of coffee, meaning that the Chief of Staff and his eight staff members would have consumed about 10 pots per day during a five-day work week.
Too much coffee: do you agree or disagree?
Happy birthday, President Dwight D. Eisenhower!
Born 124 years ago today, Eisenhower was a product of Abilene, Kansas, where he spent most of his early years. After working for two years to help pay for his brother’s college education, he won an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and went on to an eventful military career, eventually serving as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during World War II. As commander, he planned and led the greatest amphibious military assault in history when the Allied forces landed at Normandy 70 years ago on June 6, 1944.
After the war, he served as Army Chief of Staff under President Truman, and then later ran for and won the Presidency. During his two terms, Eisenhower launched many key programs and departments including NASA, DARPA, and the Interstate Highway System. However when asked about his illustrious career, he said, “the proudest thing I can claim is that I am from Abilene.”
The Citizens Action Committee to Fight Inflation
At the conclusion of the Summit Conference on Inflation in September 1974 President Ford encouraged Americans to send in their ideas on how to conserve energy and fight inflation and announced that syndicated newspaper columnist Sylvia Porter would help to organize a voluntary citizens program.
As someone used to making difficult economic concepts understandable in a weekly financial column ready by a wide audience across the country, Porter thought that consumers needed to be enlisted in rather than lectured about the fight against inflation. The Citizens Action Committee to Fight Inflation (CAC) she would chair would provide the American people with an opportunity to get actively involved.
The CAC had its first meeting at the White House on October 12, 1974. Its members, who represented a variety of organizations and businesses from the private sector, met with President Ford and adopted a statement of principle. As a nonpartisan organization it would “develop public understanding and participation in a nationwide effort to control inflation and save energy” in an effort to “mobilize the Nation through all of its people.”
The Committee’s major initiative was the Whip Inflation Now, or WIN, Program. Businesses were asked to pledge to maintain or reduce prices, consumers to try to buy products priced at or below current levels, and workers to find ways to conserve energy and reduce waste on the job. Individuals reported growing their own vegetables, doing their own home repairs, and cutting down on candy consumption to save sugar. Companies produced a wide range of products for people to show their support for the program.
Despite initial enthusiasm for WIN the program suffered from persistent issues with funding and staffing, and by early 1975 concerns about the economic recession replaced worries over inflation. The CAC dropped the WIN campaign in March to focus on energy conservation instead.
Image: Sylvia Porter, Ralph Nader, and other members of the Citizens Action Committee to End Inflation meet with President Ford in the Cabinet Room on October 12, 1974.
October 6, 1964. The Whistle Stop campaign tour rolls along across Virginia, on into North Carolina. Lady Bird, her daughter Lynda, 100 or so members of the press, and more than a dozen white-gloved ‘hostesses” ride aboard the un-air-conditioned Lady Bird Special.
Hospitality committees along the route gave out pennants, buttons, and other small campaign material for visitors aboard the Lady Bird Special and the crowds gathered to see Lady Bird. In the dining car, in another nod to Southern hospitality, guests were treated to specialty dishes from each state along the route: Virginia ham, North Carolina BBQ, Georgia pecan pie, and Louisiana shrimp creole were among the choices.
In addition to the hospitality committees, travelers and dignitaries from the states could also visit with the Masters of Ceremonies, Congressman Hale Boggs and Luther Hodges, depending on which leg of the journey they were on board. The Masters of Ceremonies were also responsible for introducing Mrs. Johnson and her daughters to the crowds at each of the stops.
Listen to the recordings of the speeches at the stops on our YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE4ezrXJCEOS6QeZeAzpT22z71gqdlrqb
“Alexandria has been chosen as the first stop for one of the greatest campaigners in America, and I am very proud to announce that I am her husband.”
LBJ kicks off Lady Bird’s Whistle Stop in Alexandria. They will meet again in Raleigh that evening, after all of these stops:
- Fredericksburg, Virginia
- Ashland, Virginia
- Richmond, Virginia
- Petersburg, Virginia
- Suffolk, Virginia
- Norfolk, Virginia
- Ahoskie, North Carolina
- Hobgood, North Carolina (slowdown)
- Tarboro, North Carolina
- Rocky Mount, North Carolina
- Wilson, North Carolina
- Selma, North Carolina
More on Day 1: http://whistlestop.lbjlibrary.org/#day-one
October 5, 1964. Lady Bird prepares to head out tomorrow on her four-day, eight-state Whistle Stop campaign. She knows that LBJ’s chances of taking the southern states are slim, in light of the recent passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and that she will face hostile crowds, heckling, and even violence. She is going anyway.
“And every time the rest of the nation makes one more snide joke about cornpone or rednecks, the defenses of the South go up more angrily. The dividing abyss widens and the curtain becomes thicker and murkier. It is partly the South wanting to pull away and partly the rest of the nation misunderstanding – yes even laughing – in a way. None of this is right or is good for the future of our country.”
—Lady Bird’s recorded thoughts before departing on her Whistle Stop campaign tour, LBJ Presidential Library transcript.
Baseball’s postseason began this week and today the San Francisco Giants take on the Washington Nationals. The last postseason matchup of baseball’s Nationals and Giants took place in the 1933 World Series, when the teams were known as the Washington Senators and New York Baseball Giants.
FDR was on hand to thrown out the first ball in Game Three on Thursday, October 5th at Griffith Stadium in Washington, as shown in this newsreel “local” intended to show in DC area movie theaters that weekend.FDR is shown shaking hands with the opposing play-managers, both future Hall-of-Famers: Joe Cronin (SS) for the Washington Nationals, and Bill Terry (1B) for the New York Giants. Other Hall-of-Famers playing include Mel Ott (RF), Giants #4. Goose Goslin (RF), Nationals #5; and Heinie Manush (LF), Nationals #3.FDR did not prove to be a good luck charm for the New York team that particular day, but the Giants did go on to win the Series 4 to 1.