HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jeanette Anna MacDonald aka Jam
June 18, 1903 - January 14, 1965
I never realized… how much…movie stars mean to people. Not what you do or what you say but just your presence, your being there. It makes you feel embarrassed and rather humble and happy all at once. To be able to bring that much pleasure to people makes me a very lucky woman. Very lucky.
1948: LBJ’s helicopter was a big hit on the campaign trail, especially when he devised a tactic to keep people from wandering off before he gave his speech. According to Robert Caro, before beginning his speech LBJ would say:
“My good pilot Joe tells me it’ll be too dangerous if I take off with him because we wouldn’t have enough power to clear those 30,000-volt high-tension wires over there. He’s going to have to take off alone. And it’s going to be mighty tight. I just hope and pray he’ll be able to make it.”
Most people stuck around.
—Caro, Robert. The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Means of Ascent. New York: Vintage Books, 1990, p. 249.
No means no if you’re drunk or if you’re sober. No means no if you’re in bed or in a dorm or on the street. No means no even if you said yes at first and you changed your mind.
Joe Biden speaking about sexual violence against women
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