Gonna Boogie Tonight
Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti of Italy and the guests at the Fords’ final state dinner enjoyed after dinner entertainment provided by the musical group Tony Orlando and Dawn.
Orlando and Dawn, singers Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson, had a string of hits in the early 1970s, including “Knock Three Times” and “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree.” During this performance Orlando also serenaded President and Mrs. Ford with the song “You Are So Beautiful,” drawing a standing ovation from the crowd.
“Your enthusiastic performance brought much joy to the evening and generated a warmth and spirit that permeated the audience,” President Ford wrote in a thank you letter to Orlando. “We want you to know that your loyalty and friendship mean a great deal to both of us.”
I’m not fancy. I’m what I appear to be.
Today in history, March 11, 1993, Janet Reno was appointed as the first woman Attorney General of the United States by President Clinton. She served from 1993-2001, longer than any other Attorney General in the 20th century.
“This nation asks for action, and action now.”
-Franklin Roosevelt, Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933
In his inaugural address, FDR demanded “action, and action now” to fight the Great Depression. He did not waste any time in delivering on that promise. On his first full day in office he called Congress into special session. He had promised Americans a New Deal. Now he began to construct it.
Roosevelt’s New Deal would touch virtually every aspect of American economic life and forever change the role of the Federal Government in the lives of Americans.
Today in History — Winston Churchill Delivers his “Iron Curtain” Speech
On March 5, 1946, Winston Churchill spoke at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. President Harry S. Truman introduced the former British Prime Minister who then delivered one of the most memorable speeches of the twentieth century.
Reporters were given advance copies; however, deliberately omitted from those copies was the part of the address where Churchill used the term “iron curtain.”
Churchill warned that Joseph Stalin was intent on cutting off all of Eastern Europe from the West in order to establish communist domination through the region. Read More
-from the Truman Library
On February 27, 1941 FDR addressed the annual Academy Awards dinner via the radio. In his address, he states:
The American motion picture as a national and international force is a phenomenon of our own generation. Within living memory we have seen it born and grow up into full maturity. We have seen the American motion picture become foremost in all the world. We have seen it reflect our civilization throughout the rest of the world—the aims and the aspirations and the ideals of a free people and of freedom itself.
You can read the full transcript here or listen above.
Breaking News — President Barack Obama will join former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter at the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Library.
The White House announced today that President Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address at the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, April 10, 2014. First Lady Michelle Obama will attend the Summit with the President.
The three-day Civil Rights Summit commemorates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Act, along with the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act in 1968, helped establish the legal foundation in fulfilling the long elusive promise of equality among all Americans.
President Obama will be joined by three former Presidents who will also deliver remarks at the Civil Rights Summit: Jimmy Carter will speak on April 8; Bill Clinton will speak on April 9; and George W. Bush will speak on the evening of April 10.
Go to www.civilrightssummit.org to learn more.
-from the LBJ Library
Thrilled about this upcoming historic event!