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By Steve Weinberg and Steve Weinberg,Special to the Sun | July 29, 2001
Esther's Pillow, by Marlin Fitzwater. PublicAffairs. 242 pages. $25. Marlin Fitzwater handled the media for the White House during the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George Bush. He still lives in the Washington, D.C., area, but he has never forgotten his Abilene, Kan., roots. Those roots led to this novel, Fitzwater's first. The plot is based on events of 1911 involving Marlin's great-uncle Jay Fitzwater and great-grandfather the Rev. Levi Fitzwater. It is not a pretty story, and, until recently, Fitzwater had no idea such shame had befallen an ancestor.
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By Steve Weinberg and Steve Weinberg,Special to the Sun | July 29, 2001
Esther's Pillow, by Marlin Fitzwater. PublicAffairs. 242 pages. $25. Marlin Fitzwater handled the media for the White House during the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George Bush. He still lives in the Washington, D.C., area, but he has never forgotten his Abilene, Kan., roots. Those roots led to this novel, Fitzwater's first. The plot is based on events of 1911 involving Marlin's great-uncle Jay Fitzwater and great-grandfather the Rev. Levi Fitzwater. It is not a pretty story, and, until recently, Fitzwater had no idea such shame had befallen an ancestor.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | September 11, 1992
WASHINGTON -- One day after George Bush appeared to renew his 1988 no-new-taxes pledge, the White House yesterday insisted that the president didn't mean he would never raise taxes.Campaigning in New Jersey Wednesday, Mr. Bush said "I went along with one Democratic tax increase and I'm not going to do it again. Ever. Ever."But yesterday morning, White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said the president's statement "wasn't a pledge, no. He was saying, as he's said before, that he wouldn't make that mistake again."
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By Story by Kirsten Scharnberg | December 19, 1999
In a small-town greasy spoon where the house special is a fried oyster sandwich and a waitress named June doles out kisses with coffee, three old friends gather to brag about the glory days, when they were household names who saw the limelight's spectacular glare from the best seats in the house.The first man weaves stories of presidents.The second, of kings.And the third, of far-off lands, well-loved astronauts and international intrigue."When President Bush and I were in the Middle East for Thanksgiving ..."
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By Leslie H. Gelb | January 10, 1991
MARLIN FITZWATER reached near-highs of understatement and wishful thinking in responding to threats of a Soviet crackdown against deserters and draft-dodgers in seven rebellious republics.Although administration officials are hoping for a Gorbachevian miracle, everything is much worse than the White House spokesman let on Tuesday.Soviet-American relations stand on the edge of yet another new era, after only three years of the old one. The coming phase will be marked by drift, mounting mutual unhappiness and no new breakthroughs in negotiation or cooperation.
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September 1, 1992
What if? What if President Bush had declared Operation Florida Storm when he flew to Dade County a week ago today to inspect the damage Hurricane Andrew had wrought? What if he had immediately dispatched 20,000 troops, announced open-ended federal emergency relief and focused all his presidential powers on combating one of the greatest natural disasters in the nation's history?Would Florida Gov. Lawson Chiles have complained he was being bypassed? Would local disaster officials have had their noses out of joint?
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By Peter Osterlund and Peter Osterlund,Washington Bureau of The Sun | September 11, 1990
ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE -- A self-imposed deadline came and went yesterday as White House officials began blaming congressional leaders for the latest failure to agree on a deficit-denting budget plan."
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By Jules Witcover and Jules Witcover,Staff Writer | October 27, 1992
DURHAM, N.C. -- Democratic candidates Bill Clinton and Al Gore took their celebrated campaigning-by-bus on an eighth and final swing yesterday, asking North Carolina voters to throw out of the White House next Tuesday the man they resoundingly supported four years ago.The Democratic ticket argued that President Bush, who won 58 percent of the state's vote in 1988, had his chance to bring prosperity through "trickle-down economics" but failed and that he...
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By Story by Kirsten Scharnberg | December 19, 1999
In a small-town greasy spoon where the house special is a fried oyster sandwich and a waitress named June doles out kisses with coffee, three old friends gather to brag about the glory days, when they were household names who saw the limelight's spectacular glare from the best seats in the house.The first man weaves stories of presidents.The second, of kings.And the third, of far-off lands, well-loved astronauts and international intrigue."When President Bush and I were in the Middle East for Thanksgiving ..."
NEWS
By Peter Honey and Karen Hosler and Peter Honey and Karen Hosler,Washington Bureau of The Sun | January 24, 1991
WASHINGTON -- The White House and the Pentagon strongly denied a report from Iraq yesterday that allied warplanes had bombed a baby formula factory near Baghdad, saying that the targeted plant was actually a disguised facility for germ warfare."
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By Jules Witcover and Jules Witcover,Staff Writer | October 27, 1992
DURHAM, N.C. -- Democratic candidates Bill Clinton and Al Gore took their celebrated campaigning-by-bus on an eighth and final swing yesterday, asking North Carolina voters to throw out of the White House next Tuesday the man they resoundingly supported four years ago.The Democratic ticket argued that President Bush, who won 58 percent of the state's vote in 1988, had his chance to bring prosperity through "trickle-down economics" but failed and that he...
NEWS
By Knight-Ridder News Service | September 11, 1992
WASHINGTON -- One day after George Bush appeared to renew his 1988 no-new-taxes pledge, the White House yesterday insisted that the president didn't mean he would never raise taxes.Campaigning in New Jersey Wednesday, Mr. Bush said "I went along with one Democratic tax increase and I'm not going to do it again. Ever. Ever."But yesterday morning, White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said the president's statement "wasn't a pledge, no. He was saying, as he's said before, that he wouldn't make that mistake again."
NEWS
September 1, 1992
What if? What if President Bush had declared Operation Florida Storm when he flew to Dade County a week ago today to inspect the damage Hurricane Andrew had wrought? What if he had immediately dispatched 20,000 troops, announced open-ended federal emergency relief and focused all his presidential powers on combating one of the greatest natural disasters in the nation's history?Would Florida Gov. Lawson Chiles have complained he was being bypassed? Would local disaster officials have had their noses out of joint?
NEWS
By Leslie H. Gelb | January 10, 1991
MARLIN FITZWATER reached near-highs of understatement and wishful thinking in responding to threats of a Soviet crackdown against deserters and draft-dodgers in seven rebellious republics.Although administration officials are hoping for a Gorbachevian miracle, everything is much worse than the White House spokesman let on Tuesday.Soviet-American relations stand on the edge of yet another new era, after only three years of the old one. The coming phase will be marked by drift, mounting mutual unhappiness and no new breakthroughs in negotiation or cooperation.
NEWS
By Peter Osterlund and Peter Osterlund,Washington Bureau of The Sun | September 11, 1990
ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE -- A self-imposed deadline came and went yesterday as White House officials began blaming congressional leaders for the latest failure to agree on a deficit-denting budget plan."
NEWS
By Susan Baer and Susan Baer,Staff Writer | October 26, 1992
FLEMINGTON, N.J. -- With just nine days to go before Election Day, independent candidate Ross Perot took his first steps onto the campaign trail yesterday, renewing charges of Republican dirty tricks in revealing what he called his true reasons for dropping out of the presidential race last July.At an exuberant rally of an estimated 25,000 Perot supporters in this small rural town in northwest New Jersey, the Texas billionaire said he received three reports last spring that the Republicans were planning to disrupt his daughter's impending wedding and publicize a "false photo" of her that would "smear" her reputation, a claim he also made on a "60 Minutes" segment last night.
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By Aaron Epstein and Aaron Epstein,Knight-Ridder News Service | May 16, 1991
WASHINGTON -- The hearts of many Americans would fibrillate if they received the jolt from the tax assessor that President Bush just got.Mr. Bush disclosed that the property assessment on his vacation home in Kennebunkport, Maine, soared nearly 2 1/2 times -- to $2,196,000 this year, from $892,000 in 1990."
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