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Topic - Zachary Taylor
Late in the last year of his presidency, writes Tevi Troy, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and a presidential scholar who also worked in the White House, Richard Nixon gave a speech at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., praising country music. "'Country music is American, [it] isn't something that we learned from some other nation, it isn't something we inherited . It's as native as anything American we could find.'" Country music, Nixon said, came directly from "'the heart of America.'"
If the Republicans don't stop concentrating their energies and salvos on a lame-duck president, as well as feudin', fussin' and fightin' among themselves, they may wish, at a minimum, to review the history of the Whigs, their predecessor party.
Presidential wives often have played more powerful roles than vice presidents in serving the nation, but their accomplishments are glossed over in the new "The First Ladies" galleries at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Ours may be remembered as the era of the Big Sleep. Barack Obama and the Democrats lie comatose at the switch as the federal government continues to swell up like a dead mule in the heat of late July. Air-traffic controllers doze off with airliners circling airports, frantically trying to get landing instructions.