Freshman Republican Weathers Backlash
Schmidt Says She Meant No Insult to Murtha
By Charles Babington
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 23, 2005; Page A03
Rep. Jean Schmidt flung the word "coward" at a
decorated war veteran from Pennsylvania last week, but
the Ohio Republican's comments landed with a splat in
her own Cincinnati district, where some supporters are
backing away as she scrambles to explain what she
Judging by her words yesterday -- the first after
avoiding the public for three days -- Schmidt doesn't
understand what the fuss is about, and sees herself
more as victim than villain. "I am amazed at what a
national story this has become," she said in a
statement. "I have been attacked very personally,
continuously since Friday evening."
I always thought that personal responsibility was a
basic tenet of the conservative philosophy.
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> Time Magazine's Hugh Sidey Dies at 78http://us.click.yahoo.com/u8TY5A/tzNLAA/yQLSAA/CvmplB/TM
> By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL
> The Associated Press
> Monday, November 21, 2005; 11:52 PM
> WASHINGTON -- Hugh Sidey, whose personal portraits
> of America's chief
> executives appeared in Time magazine's "The
> Presidency" column over
> four decades, died Monday. He was 78.
> His brother, Ed Sidey, said other relatives told him
> that Sidey had
> suffered a heart attack in Paris. He lived in
> suburban Potomac, Md.
> Sidey, who served as Time's White House
> correspondent and its
> Washington bureau chief, wrote "The Presidency" from
> 1966 to 1996. He
> was a contributing editor to the newsweekly at the
> time of his death.
> Reflecting on the presidents in a 2003 interview,
> Sidey said: "They
> are not as tall or articulate as you think they
> should be. And
> they're not super people, so that is a bit of a
> letdown. Then you
> begin to understand, though, when you write about
> them as I have, how
> vital they are to the American system."
> Beginning with John F. Kennedy, whom he once
> interviewed during a
> swim at the White House, Sidey enjoyed unusual
> access to the
> presidents. He tended to focus on the personal
> dimensions of those in
> power, and his balanced portraits, whether
> sympathetic or critical,
> often endeared him to the men who occupied the Oval
> "He proved you can write about people in power and
> still be the
> gentleman journalist," said James Carney, Washington
> bureau chief for
> the magazine. "He's in some ways the model we all
> aspire to."
> Sidey was on hand for many of the triumphs and
> tragedies the
> presidents experienced.
> He was in Dallas when Kennedy was assassinated in
> 1963, traveled
> extensively with Lyndon B. Johnson _ whom he
> considered the most
> fascinating person he ever knew _ and flew to China
> with Richard M.
> Nixon in 1972.
> He walked through Moscow's Red Square with Ronald
> Reagan in 1988 and,
> last year, was aboard the plane that carried
> Reagan's body to
> In a statement, former first lady Nancy Reagan
> recalled that event
> and Sidey's presence a few weeks ago at the
> dedication of the Air
> Force One Pavilion at the Reagan Library. "Today, I
> have lost a dear
> friend and America has lost one of its most trusted
> journalists," she
> Sidey was hired by Life magazine in New York in 1955
> and went to
> Washington in 1957 to cover the administration of
> Dwight D.
> Eisenhower. He later joined the Washington staff of
> Time and wrote
> about every president from Eisenhower to George W.
> He wrote or contributed to seven books on the chief
> including "Hugh Sidey's Portraits of the Presidents"
> (2004). He also
> was a chairman of the White House Historical
> Sidey appeared as a panelist on the television
> program "Agronsky &
> Company" and its successor, "Inside Washington," for
> nearly 25 years.
> A fourth-generation newsman, Sidey was born in
> Greenfield, Iowa, on
> Sept. 3, 1927, and grew up working on his father's
> weekly newspaper.
> After serving in the Army, he received a bachelor's
> degree in
> journalism from Iowa State College in 1950. He
> worked for newspapers
> in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Omaha, Neb., before
> joining Time Inc.
> Sidey and his wife, Anne, married in 1953 and raised
> three daughters
> and a son.
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