Friday, June 3, 2005

"And The World Keeps Spinning 'Round"

**Editor's Note: Just an off the topic note-- I have added a Listmania! list from Amazon.com to my sidebar. It's fifteen of my favorite movies (I can't believe I actually settled on 15) to add to my favorite poems and favorite books. Unfortunately, my favorite music is just not that easy!

This week seems so surreal. After Tuesday I felt for a moment that the world had tipped off its axis. But, as I read the Washington Post this morning, as I do every morning online, I realized that maybe we're back on track. The website has no recent articles jumping out to the reader, not anymore pictures of Mark Felt. I guess the world will continue on just as it did before we so surprisingly knew the true identity of Deep Throat.

My week has been a bit off balance with all of this. As you all may know, or may have noticed, the period generally from Dec. 1, 1955 with Rosa Parks until about the moment Gerald Ford pardoned Nixon is my area of interest. The history there is the most interesting to me and something that often sneaks up and consumes my life as it has this week. My kitchen table is a few inches deep in newspaper articles, internet print-offs, and everything I have on Watergate and Deep Throat. I've poured over those documents hoping to find some sort of resolution, and yet I haven't . The Vanity Fair article didn't open any windows of understanding for me and yesterday's article in The Washington Post by Bob Woodward himself didn't answer ANY of my questions. Last night I was watching Woodward and Bernstein on Larry King Live and like the rest of the country wished that book would get written a little quicker and published by sunset. I too shall wait.

In all of this there is so much talk of whether or not Felt is a hero or a villain. Can it really be that black and white? I'm not sure anything in that period of history is cut and dry. It is what it is with many levels of complexity and distrust. It is afterall a part of the Nixon administration. As bizarre as all of this is, and some may say insignificant, I will always remember that I was in Adler's American Presidency class summer session when I learned the identity of Deep Throat. As bizarre as it is, it is a moment in history that someday someone will research and allow to consume their interest.

So now the world continues on and we look ahead. Ahead to what? Who knows. But, I'm hearing a little rumor about Mitt Romney for president. 2008 is around the corner...

6 comments:

Nick Speth said...

Hey Tara. Since you're talking about 2008, I thought I'd share with you the fact that I saw a bumper sticker the other day that read "Hillary 2008." Yikes! Are we ever not in a campaign?

Nick Speth said...

By the way... the link to buy one of those bumper stickers is here.

Tara A. Rowe said...

Nick, are you assuming that I might want to purchase such a bumper sticker?? The jury is still out on how I feel about Mrs. Clinton. And I'm not sure I'd like to add anything to my bumper, Kennedy/Johnson says enough. We are always in a campaign. I just happen to still be in the 1960 campaign!

Nick Speth said...

No. I simply assume that you'd want to laugh, as I did, that someone actually make such a thing in 2005.

Tara A. Rowe said...

It is jumping the gun a bit, but isn't the rumor about Cheney running a little premature as well? Not only is it 2005, who's to say he'll live to 2008?

Nick Speth said...

Speaking as a member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, I can safely say that Dick Cheney is NOT running for President in 2008. Some inside reports suggested he was willing to let someone else run with Bush in 2004 "for the good of the party" just BECAUSE he's too (too too way too) old.

Of course Reagan was old too, but he was... likable.