This is the season of commencement speakers. They appear on college campuses around the country, accepting honorary degrees in exchange for offering words of advice and encouragement to graduates. Some may even say things that are a bit out there, or even slightly (very slightly) controversial. But as Prof.
The video nearby shows us a speech from President Reagan, delivered on Memorial Day 1986 at the Arlington National Cemetary. It's a powerful speech, recounting some of those, buried in the surrounding grounds, who answered the nation's call. Many of them are not famous, save to their families, and their comrades in arms. But they are heroes to all of us.
You might have seen the videos on late night TV of interviews with average folks who are asked about current events or famous people. The bits that get aired, more often than not, show people have little idea what's going on in the wider world. And it's worse if they are asked about historical events, concepts, or people. We laugh, and move on.
February 22nd marks the anniversary of George Washington's birth. There's much about Washington we think we know -- later biographers invented several myths to elevate the first president from the level of man to secular saint.
Ronald Reagan was born 106 years ago today in Tampico, Illinois. Happy birthday, Mr. President. And thank you, for all you did on our nation's behalf. Nearby, is Mr. Reagan's farewell address to the nation, delivered from the Oval Office on January 11th, 1989.
The press is in a snit (still) over Donald Trump's press conference. Trump took exception to, and had a verbal altercation with, CNN reporter Jim Acosta. Trump called CNN "fake news." Acosta took offense, and loudly demanded an opportunity to reply. Trump shut him down.