Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on March 20, 1988 · Page 16
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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 16

Logansport, Indiana
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Sunday, March 20, 1988
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Page 16 Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, Indiana, Sunday, March 20, 1988 President Well Protected Army of security follows him everywhere EDITOR'S NOTE — Wherever he goes, a small army goes with him. Virtually everything he does in public is planned, scripted and rehearsed. Even a visit to a club two blocks from the White House follows an elaborate scenario. That's the insulating apparatus of the presidency today. It wasn Y always that way. WASHINGTON (AP) - Harry Truman liked to take a walk every morning, a habit he didn't abandon even after Franklin D. Roosevelt died. Promptly at 7 a.m., the president, a fedora on his head and usually a cane in his hand, would set off from the White House at a brisk 120 paces a minute. The route varied — sometimes across Lafayette Square and up Comectieut Avenue, sometimes on a circuit, of the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. Taxi drivers would shout their hellos. Sometimes the president paused to sign an autograph for a tourist. Often a reporter or two showed up, joining the president and his brace of Secret Service men. A few weeks ago, President Reagan went two blocks along one of Truman's walking routes to dedicate the newly rebuilt Army and Navy Club. Here is what happened: When the motorcade of nine cars and an ambulance, escorted by District of Columbia police cars and motorcycles, pulled up at the club at 10:30 a.m., the president's limousine pulled into an unadorned side entrance leading to a loading dock. Club officials had wanted Reagan to come in the elegant front door, but a White House advance team had vetoed the idea two weeks earlier. Too dangerous. Stepping from his limo, the president walked to a freight elevator, carpeted for the occasion, through a loading dock area cleared of clutter. In a routine that had been rehearsed for days, Brig. Gen. James D. Kittle, the retired Marine officer who is the club president, was supposed to open a door to guide Reagan into the main ballroom. As they reached the door, Gray Terry, deputy director of the Office of Presidential Advance, whispered to Kittle, "Not in here! The door's locked!" Kittle opened another door into the ballroom, a few yards down the hall. Then the president was taken down a circular staircase to pass through a receiving line of club officials and their wives, and to cut a ribbon. Kittle then escorted the president into the dining room. It had all been rehearsed, with Terry playing the part of Reagan. The second of the two steps that led up to the dais had been marked with adhesive tape as a precaution against stumbling. The white drapes in the windows, normally drawn back, were lowered. The window at the end, where the president would speak, was protected by a bullet-proof glass shield. "In the old days, I'm told, the Army and Navy Club often invited their neighbor, the president, to all their parties," Reagan said in his remarks. "I've also heard that Benjamin Harrison and Grover Cleveland walked over for a toddy or two. Oh, for the good old days." Those days are gone forever. This simple presidential visit, planned for months, had required the initial meeting with 16 White House people two weeks earlier, at least two walk-throughs, a number of rehearsals, several more meetings on the site and constant telephone calls. For more than a week beforehand, the White House had been working on communications for the president and his staff. A holding room was needed for the president, where he could receive or make a telephone call if needed. Club officers proposed an office just off the lobby, but the lobby was too crowded. Finally, they chose a modest security room near the loading dock. Half an hour before the president arrived, traffic on surrounding streets and access to the building were sealed off. Every moment that he is before the public, the president is backed up by a script that spells out his every motion, a staff that looks after his protection and his image and an aerial fleet that can carry limousines and tons of communications equipment anywhere in the world. No other leader is accompanied by quite the pomp and circumstance that follow the president of the United States. Some presidents have .chafed at this structured life. It seems to fit Reagan like a glove. The trappings help fend off possible danger. They keep the president in constant touch with Washington and other world capitals. They make his public appearances come off smoothly. They also insulate the leader of the world's premier democracy from the people he leads. "Every one of these guys becomes a little more isolated," says Bill Gulley, former director of the White House military office. Not for Reagan the freedom to browse in 1 " 1 bookstores, as French President Francois Mitterrand likes to do, or to stroll on Pennsylvania Avenue as Mitterrand recently did on the Champs-Elysees. A couple of months after his inauguration in 1981, the president and first lady Nancy Reagan did take a walk, on a sunny March Sunday, across Lafayette Park to attend church. The next day, Reagan was wounded in an assassination attempt outside a Washington hotel. He hasn't taken a walk in public since. "The only time that I ever knew a president to get out of the corral was Johnson," Gulley says. "He set his own agenda. This guy would not only tell me what airplanes to use, he would tell me who was going to be on the airplane. "When Nixon came along, everything was orderly, "says Gulley. Nixon experimented with having smartly uniformed trumpeters, their horns draped with banners, signal the arrival of the president at social occasions. Jimmy Carter cut out the traditional playing of "Hail to the Chief" altogether. Reagan, the performer with a flare for the theatrical, brought it back. Odds & Ends Associated Press If all the checkers sold in 1987 alone by just one manufacturer could be stacked atop one another, they would make a tower 56 miles high, or more than 10 times taller than Mount Everest. v OPIN& /DAYS '& 24 HOURS ^ FOR YOUR $ SHOPPING '.y, CONVENIENCE Ballot Box Changed Selma SELMA, Ala. (AP) - Spring has come to central Alabama: the redbuds are blooming, the fire ants are pushing up fresh mounds of earth and Jesse Jackson is the people's choice in Dallas County, where the infamous "bloody Sunday" attack at the Edmund Pettus Bridge shocked the nation 23 years ago. Jackson overwhelmed the presidential primary field here Tuesday, 23 years and one day after Alabama state troopers savagely beat black voting rights advocates attempting to march from Selma to Montgomery. The episode, shown on national television, helped galvanize Congress to pass the federal Voting Rights Act later that year. On Tuesday, Jackson carried Alabama by a narrow margin. But he held better than a 5-to-l edge over his nearest Democratic challenger in Dallas County, where blacks constitute 55 percent of the 50,000 residents. The official county tally showed Jackson with 4,872 votes to 923 for the runner-up, Sen. Albert Gore of Tennessee. Vice President George Bush easily won the Republican race with 1,282 votes. Selma Mayor Joe Smitherman, who was serving his first term when bloody Sunday took place, said he thinks a lot of white Democrats didn't vote but would have gone for Bush if they'd been able to cross over. However, he acknowledges that blacks gave Jackson an undeniably smashing victory in Selma and Dallas County. "The black community really turned out for Jesse. He was here a week before the election, and I accompanied him as he walked through a poor, black section of town," said Smitherman, who admits he was a segregationist back when it was fashionable. "You had to be a segregationist to be elected in the South when I was starting out," said the 58-year-old mayor. "But we've matured, I've matured. We were wrong to try and deny people their right to vote, and I'm sorry for what we did." Given the changes that have occurred in Selma, Smitherman said, it's really no surprise Jackson did so well. However, the man who led the bloody Sunday march, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., professed amazement that a black could score such a victory in Dallas County. "To me it is simply unbelievable," said Lewis, when contacted at his Washington, D.C., office. "When Hosea Williams and I led that march back in 1965, only 2.1 percent of Dallas County's black residents were registered to vote." Since then, Smitherman points out, a lot of the Alabama River has flowed beneath the E dmund Pettus Bridge. V "When I was first elected mayor in 1964 only 50 percent of our streets were paved - t and less than half of our homes were ^ connected to the sewage system. But after ' 1965 we started taking advantage of the f federal programs and grants that existed * at the time. Now, every street is paved and f- the sewage system is all over town. "Also, we now have an appointed black county school superintendent who makes more damned money than I do. Half of the city council is black and the assistant police chief is black. Blacks probably have made HECK OUR SELECTION O MOVIES AT ONLY 99' GROUND CHUCK WILSON'S Dtll-SLICED BOILED TURKEY BREAST WILSON'S SAVORY ROAST BEEF LEMON LIME SLICE REG. ONLY RC COLA OR 2 LITERS CHERRY 7 UP FRESH LEAN GROUND BEEF '/« IB. PATTIIS IB. 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Although the tests now can be performed only at the University of Umea in Sweden and at the federal Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Wilson, in a telephone interview Thursday, urged their increased use. Under the sponsorship of Wilson's agency, a team led by Dr. Peter C. Kahn of Rutgers University compared both tests in a study" involving 27 men and found little difference in the results. The study results were reported in today's Journal of the American Medical Association. The study, which began in 1984, documents the correlation between blood tests and fat- tissue tests for dioxin. Sate! PC-Compatible Tandy 1000 SX With Software Tandy 1000 SX Run Today's Popular Programs Save $24905 599 95 TENDER BONELESS CUBED PORK CUTLETS CORN KING "^~ WIENERS IB. 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