Betty Ford sports a button expressing her support for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment while taking some personal time as President Ford plays in the Jackie Gleason Inverrary Classic Celebrities Golf Tournament, Hollywood, Florida. February 26, 1975.
-from the Ford Presidential Library and Museum
We Went Out Last Night, Vol. 5
Seven years ago, Danielle Pergament spoke with the
captivemysteriously reappearing, now non-captive son of Muammar Qaddafi about Libya’s future. He got a few things right, if not quite how he intended:
How do you see your role in the future of Libya?
I can be everything except the leader.
Why do you hate being called the heir apparent?
Because I’m not; that’s it. And I shouldn’t accept that title, which I don’t own. This position cannot be inherited. It cannot be passed from father to son.
So will Libya soon have democratic elections?
Libya will be a democracy soon. Soon is not in one month or two months. It’s a gradual process and an involved process. And soon—meaning in some months, years, not weeks—we will start creating democratic institutions.
How do you see Libya in fifty years?
I don’t know if I’m going to be around by that time.
We Went Out Last Night, Vol. 4
From the desk (and camera) of GQ’s Will Welch:
The Eddie-Murphy-inspired happy hour special at NYC’s doomed Lower East Side haunt, Max Fish. (The ingredients? Peach schnapps and ginger ale.)
I wrote this a couple years ago. I’m pretty sure my roommate at the time had pissed me off for some reason prompting me to write this. Then I think I realized that I’ve been two out of the three of these roommates.
3. The Party Five Nights A Week And Bring My Cheesy Bottle Service Friends Home…
“That amendment, as you know, provides for the right to vote of all of our young people between 18 and 21, 11 million new voters as a result of this amendment…”
-President Nixon speaking at the Twenty-sixty Amendment Certification Ceremony. July 5th, 1971
The Twenty-sixty Amendment to the Constitution lowered the voting age from 21 to 18 years of age. President Nixon certified this addition to the Constitution 40 years ago today, and you can watch a clip of the ceremony here.
Our education specialist at the Nixon Presidential Library has created an interactive exhibit on the Twenty-sixth Amendment where you can explore documents, video, and correspondences related to the voting age in America. We think it’s pretty interesting, and you can check it out through the Presidential Timeline.