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Tuesday, October 14, 2014
21 Days Until Election Day 2014 - Three weeks to go!
756 Days Until Election Day 2016
It's Tuesday, October 14 2014, I'm Gabe Fleisher for Wake Up To Politics, and reporting from WUTP world HQ in my bedroom - Good morning: THIS IS YOUR WAKE UP CALL!!!
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White House Watch
- The President’s Schedule At 10 AM, President Obama will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing.
- At 2:40 PM, the President will sit in on a meeting led by Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for 20+ defense chiefs from across the globe. Obama’s top military commanders will brief the defense chiefs, representing nations such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia that have joined the U.S.-led coalition to combat ISIS. The efforts in Iraq and Syria will be discussed, and “participants will also try to define what specific contributions each country will make in the fight against the militant group,” according to USA Today.
- The meeting will be held at Joint Base Andrews, the military facility in Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., run by both Air Force and Navy units, and known for being the home of Air Force One.
- At 5 PM, Obama will meet with his senior advisors, before closing out the public schedule for the night with a 7:10 fundraiser for House Democrats, at a Virginia private residence.
- 1912 About to deliver a campaign speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, former President Theodore Roosevelt – in the midst of running for his old office as Progressive Party candidate – is shot by John Schrank, with a bullet aimed at Roosevelt’s heart. The former President was not mortally wounded by the bullet because of a glasses case and the manuscript with the speech TR was about to deliver in the breast pocket of his coat, slowing the force of the bullet.
- Roosevelt would be taken to the hospital, but not before he took an hour to deliver his speech – from the blood-stained manuscript – the bullet still lodged in his body. The only words he spoke on the assassination attempt that had just occurred? “You see, it takes more than one bullet to kill a Bull Moose.”
- 1960 While speaking at the University of Michigan, presidential candidate John F. Kennedy first suggests the idea of a “Peace Corps”.
- 1962 Tensions between the United States and Soviet Union reach an all-time high, as the Cuban Missile Crisis begins. Citizens of both countries, and the whole world, watched as Soviet missiles stationed in Cuba, 90 miles from America, and the two countries neared an all-out nuclear war.
- Suggested Reading on Columbus Indigenous People’s Day Today is the second Monday in October, and that means….Columbus Day. Or in some cities, Indigenous People’s Day.
- The holiday celebrating Christopher Columbus’ “discovery” of America never comes without controversy, and this year, for the first time, cities such as Seattle, are instead celebrating Indigenous People’ Day, in honor of the Native Americans Columbus encountered and terrorized upon arriving in America.
- On the topic of Columbus Day, my reading suggestion is a truly view-changing book, Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen, which includes a whole chapter on Columbus and the lies surrounding his believed-discovery.
- Lies My Teacher Told Me is a fascinating and informative book; reading it will change your views not only on Columbus Day, but on the history of natives, blacks, wars, and more in our nation.
- Suggested Reading: Nobel News Also, to celebrate the inspirational 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai, Wake Up To Politics Person of the Year from 2013, I strongly suggest her memoir I Am Malala, which I reviewed in this column after reading it a few months ago. There is no better way to learn about the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize than to read her story…as told by the girl herself.
- For more on Malala, her speech on receiving the award (delivered only after finishing school) is definitely worth a click…if you are prepared to be inspired by this amazing young lady.
Happy Birthday To...
- Dwight Eisenhower Today, the 34th President was born David Dwight Eisenhower on a farm in Denison, Texas, the third of the family’s seven boys. The child was originally named David Dwight, but soon after his birth, his mother switched the two names, so he was Dwight David, and there wasn’t two Davids in the family. During their childhood, all the Eisenhower boys were nicknamed “Ike,” an abbreviation of their last name, but decades later, Dwight would be the only one still using the nickname.
- Dwight would graduate high school, before being applying – and being accepted to – the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Eisenhower graduated, 61st in the class of 1915, which had been called the West Point “class the stars fell on”: 59 members of the class became generals, the most of any class in West Point history.
- After graduation, 2nd Lt. Eisenhower served across the country, moving up the ranks of the Army in World War I and the ensuing decades, and by the second World War, President Franklin Roosevelt had tapped him as Supreme Allied Commander and Operation Overlord in Europe, head of the Allied forces mission in Europe – the main front of the war against Axis forces.
- Eisenhower returned from World War II a hero, having lead America and her allies to success abroad, and would coast on that popularity at home, with pressure coming from both parties for him to run for President.
- In 1952, American voters proclaimed “I Like Ike” at the voting booth by voting Eisenhower – who ran as a Republican for President against Illinois Democratic Gov. Adlai Stevenson. The war hero won in a landslide, and was sworn in as the 34th President.
- As President, Eisenhower’s tenure would be known for the rise of McCarthyism, creation of the interstate highway system, the rise of Civil Rights – with Brown vs. Board of Education and the Little Rock Nine – Alaska and Hawaii’s admission to the Union, and his exposure of the “Military Industrial Complex”.
Question of the Day
- Today’s Question When a 1955 heart attack made it seem as though he would be limited to just one term as President, Dwight Eisenhower said, “I suppose this means I’ll be [which U.S. President] – one term, no war, no greatness.”
- Which of his predecessors did Eisenhower think he would be remembered as he had “one term, no war, no greatness”????
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