Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Bob Tries Out His Latest Tricky Dicky Joke

And just what was Bob doing 61 years ago today, you ask?  Why he was at the 1956 GOP Convention held in San Francisco, Calif.  If President Dwight D. Eisenhower was giving a nationally televised speech, Bob was always there to make sure everything was done properly.

             Bob, GOP Chairman Leonard Hall and George Murphy

One really has to admire Bob for his great sense of civic duty.  Four years of active military service in WWII, when he was well over draft age and could easily have limited his time served to a few U.S.O. tours ... that was a big one.  And then to follow that up with serving as Ike's media advisor for seven years for the princely sum of $1 a year ... that's impressive.  Granted, it looked good on his resume and Bob was not meek about letting people know about his association with the President.  But he earned the publicity.  Two and three flights a week between NYC and DC were often required.  He was simply there for the President whenever needed for all those years while never once violating Ike's trust re privacy and national security.  Considering what goes on these days ... the man was a saint!

Sure would like to know what Bob was telling the boys.  (Probably disproving the "saint" idea!)


Debbie said...

Cagney called Montgomery the "best American he knew". And why wouldn't Bob work with Eisenhower, one of the best Presidents this country has ever had. He was a man of moderation and intelligence that had served his country in many capacities. It's no surprise to me that Bob would admire and want to serve this man. They were a perfect fit for each other.

Anonymous said...

Checking to see if I can still blog.

Kathy said...

Deb - Just couldn't agree with you more. And you've said it so well, one of your best, really. Thanks. Hey, you worked Cagney, Bob, America and Ike into the same paragraph. Feeling the urge to watch "Yankee Doodle Dandy" for the umpteenth time!!

Kathy said...

Marlene wrote me to say she had trouble adding a comment to the blog. Sorry 'bout that! Hope it was a temporary problem. Meanwhile, she wanted to let us know that George Murphy in his autobiography had great things to say about Montgomery. Also, wanted to state Bob was a fantastic, ultimate "patriot", but a "saint" he aint!

My thanks to Marlene re bringing up Murphy's book, "Say...didn't you used to be George Murphy." I have a copy somewhere, need to check it out now that I have a reason to read it!! Murphy was the first entertainer to make it as high in the political spectrum as U.S. Senator. George inspired one of my favorite songs. Do a search for "Tom Lehrer, George Murphy" ... 'tis worth the effort.