May 10, 2011
Letter writer John Holter criticizes President Bush for not attending Ground Zero with the current president ("Bush should have gone to Ground Zero," May 8). I wonder if Mr. Holter is aware that former President Clinton also declined an initiation to visit Ground Zero with President Obama? Does Mr. Holter feel that former President Clinton also turned his back on his supporters, the dignity of the office of president and the victory we are now celebrating? George Bush has refrained from criticizing Mr. Obama since the new president took office, despite the fact that Mr. Obama has criticized President Bush relentlessly.
October 16, 1993
DETAILS -- Hungry for details about President Clinton's health care plan, House lawmakers grilled administration officials yesterday on the proposal's financing but came up mostly empty-handed.White House officials testifying during a House Ways and Means health subcommittee hearing were unable to give definitive answers to such questions as how high the expected tax hike on cigarettes would be, whether a tax hike on alcoholic beverages is off the table, and how much money the nation would save once many Americans begin paying part of their insurance premiums themselves.
January 5, 1999
PRESIDENT Clinton should deliver the State of the Union address to Congress on time Jan. 19. If members are too embarrassed to invite Mr. Clinton to the Capitol, he can send it on paper as did 19th century presidents. Then there's nothing to stop him from addressing the American public on television.The worst idea yet came from senators of both parties who said Mr. Clinton should delay his speech, so as not to mingle with them while under impeachment.Nonsense. President Clinton has been good about carrying out duties while under a cloud.
September 21, 1996
BRANDON, S.D. -- White House officials quietly announced last night that President Clinton would sign the bill banning homosexual marriage in the middle of the night after a four-day campaign swing.After days of refusing to say when the bill might be signed, White House press secretary Mike McCurry made the announcement while the president was standing in the middle of a football field in one of the most sparsely populated states in the nation.Conceding the president was trying to minimize attention, McCurry said the president would sign the bill after arriving at Andrews Air Force base at about 1 a.m. today.
January 10, 1999
1999 is not the end to the millennium I keep seeing references to 1999 as the last year of this century. One such was in the lead editorial in The Sun Jan. 1. But the last year of this century is 2000, not 1999. We start counting with one, not zero. Thus, the last year of the first decade is 10, not 9. Similarly, the last year of the first century is 100, not 99. The first year of the second century is 101 and its last year is 200. The last year of the 10th century, or equivalently the first millennium, is 1000, not 999. The first year of the 11th century, or of the second millennium, is 1001.
February 9, 1999
THE PEOPLE need to know how their senators vote on the proposed removal of President Clinton from office, and why. Senators are not mere jurors but judges. The verdict is the most public part of a trial that must be wholly transparent.The secrecy imposed in 1868 on the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson was unprecedented then, and does not bind senators today.Should the conclusion of the current trial be kept secret -- and then subject to leaks -- the Senate would join the House of Representatives in travesty.
February 4, 1999
THE SENATE'S preoccupation with its appearance keeps it looking bad. Whether President Clinton committed high crimes seems to matter less to senators. The self-suggested Feb. 12 deadline for wrapping up the trial is artificial. So is the proposal to permit token live witnesses. If the Senate is serious about removing the president from office, the deadline and squeamishness about testimony would deny the nation justice. The trial, then, should run as long as needed for fairness.
April 30, 1999
SERBIA'S dictator Slobodan Milosevic could take no comfort from the NATO summit, which displayed unanimous resolve for the bombing campaign to reverse his depopulation of Kosovo. He got it instead from the U.S. House of Representatives' muddled voting Wednesday.The House defeated, on a 213-213 tie, a resolution passed by the Senate endorsing the purpose of the bombing. It voted 249-180 against paying for a ground operation unless the president obtains congressional approval (as he had already promised)
January 27, 1998
Lewinsky faked letter for college friend, paper saysPORTLAND, Ore. -- While attending Lewis & Clark College in Oregon, Monica Lewinsky allegedly used school stationery to write a phony letter to help someone she knew continue receiving unemployment benefits, the Oregonian reported Sunday, quoting an unidentified source.A college spokeswoman, Jean Kempe-Ware, said the school encouraged an employee who kept a copy of the document to turn it over to the Whitewater prosecutor, Kenneth W. Starr.
May 31, 1994
Congressman Roscoe G. Bartlett of Maryland's Sixth Congressional District can take pride in at least one accomplishment during his first term: No White House official will ever again fly a government helicopter to play a round of golf. Thanks in part to the Western Maryland congressman's dedication to eradicating government waste, President Clinton last week summarily dismissed his long-time friend David Watkins from his position as White House director of administration.Mr. Watkins made the mistake of using the presidential helicopter to fly to Holly Hills Country Club near New Market.