Pop culture and presidents
Re “The first ‘clowns’ in a campaign” (Letters, Sept. 18): Christian Larsen points out that Bill Clinton played the saxophone on “The Arsenio Hall Show” as an example of imbalance in The Bee’s editorial regarding the behavior of the GOP presidential candidates. He fails to recall that it was presidential candidate Richard Nixon who famously went on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” and said “Sock it to me?” in 1968.
Nixon also had Elvis Presley as a guest in the Oval Office and who can forget President George W. Bush appearing on “Deal or No Deal” in 2008. Presidents and pop culture are a phenomenon of our media-driven world. As for the behavior of the current GOP candidates at debates, that is a different story altogether.
Jeffrey Beck, Sacramento
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GOP’s top 3 have had real jobs
Re “Showing too much Bee bias” (Letters, Sept. 18): The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board has gone out of its way to paint the GOP and Donald Trump in a very negative light. No matter, Trump just keeps getting better. What I love about this race is the fact that the top three GOP candidates are people of substance who have actually worked real jobs to make a living, a rarity in today’s political world.
David Brannan, Citrus Heights
Ghost of Margaret Thatcher
Re “Will Fiorina’s surge from debate last?” (Insight, Sept. 18): I thought I saw the ghost of the Iron Lady at the debate held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. As Carly Fiorina spoke, she seemed to be much like Margaret Thatcher who was self-made and took on the male, British establishment and won. A brilliant, disciplined mind like a steel trap and a determined personality is what Fiorina has in common with Thatcher. She tells you what she will do to solve problems.
Thatcher was a great friend of Reagan, who must have been smiling from wherever he is during that debate.
Kay Walsh, Sacramento
Lies fuel Fiorina’s surge
Carly Fiorina’s surge results from being the biggest, boldest liar in a field of prevaricators. Her journey from secretary to CEO meant working summers while at Stanford. When she graduated, she was accepted in a management training program at AT&T, hardly a rags-to-riches career.
Her claim that she “grew” Hewlett-Packard is based on buying failing companies. Yes, HP grew in size, but declined in revenue. Her lies about Planned Parenthood are disgusting, but her authoritative manner of speaking smothers the truth.
Marlene Aderman, Roseville
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