What does Steve Jobs have in common with Whittaker Chambers?

President Trump wants to honor both with statues in the National Garden of American Heroes.

The full list from an executive order issued Monday:

“The National Garden should be composed of statues, including statues of Ansel Adams, John Adams, Samuel Adams, Muhammad Ali, Luis Walter Alvarez, Susan B. Anthony, Hannah Arendt, Louis Armstrong, Neil Armstrong, Crispus Attucks, John James Audubon, Lauren Bacall, Clara Barton, Todd Beamer, Alexander Graham Bell, Roy Benavidez, Ingrid Bergman, Irving Berlin, Humphrey Bogart, Daniel Boone, Norman Borlaug, William Bradford, Herb Brooks, Kobe Bryant, William F. Buckley, Jr., Sitting Bull, Frank Capra, Andrew Carnegie, Charles Carroll, John Carroll, George Washington Carver, Johnny Cash, Joshua Chamberlain, Whittaker Chambers, Johnny “Appleseed” Chapman, Ray Charles, Julia Child, Gordon Chung-Hoon, William Clark, Henry Clay, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Roberto Clemente, Grover Cleveland, Red Cloud, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, Nat King Cole, Samuel Colt, Christopher Columbus, Calvin Coolidge, James Fenimore Cooper, Davy Crockett, Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., Miles Davis, Dorothy Day, Joseph H. De Castro, Emily Dickinson, Walt Disney, William “Wild Bill” Donovan, Jimmy Doolittle, Desmond Doss, Frederick Douglass, Herbert Henry Dow, Katharine Drexel, Peter Drucker, Amelia Earhart, Thomas Edison, Jonathan Edwards, Albert Einstein, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Duke Ellington, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Medgar Evers, David Farragut, the Marquis de La Fayette, Mary Fields, Henry Ford, George Fox, Aretha Franklin, Benjamin Franklin, Milton Friedman, Robert Frost, Gabby Gabreski, Bernardo de Gálvez, Lou Gehrig, Theodor Seuss Geisel, Cass Gilbert, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John Glenn, Barry Goldwater, Samuel Gompers, Alexander Goode, Carl Gorman, Billy Graham, Ulysses S. Grant, Nellie Gray, Nathanael Greene, Woody Guthrie, Nathan Hale, William Frederick “Bull” Halsey, Jr., Alexander Hamilton, Ira Hayes, Hans Christian Heg, Ernest Hemingway, Patrick Henry, Charlton Heston, Alfred Hitchcock, Billie Holiday, Bob Hope, Johns Hopkins, Grace Hopper, Sam Houston, Whitney Houston, Julia Ward Howe, Edwin Hubble, Daniel Inouye, Andrew Jackson, Robert H. Jackson, Mary Jackson, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, Steve Jobs, Katherine Johnson, Barbara Jordan, Chief Joseph, Elia Kazan, Helen Keller, John F. Kennedy, Francis Scott Key, Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King, Jr., Russell Kirk, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Henry Knox, Tadeusz Kościuszko, Harper Lee, Pierre Charles L’Enfant, Meriwether Lewis, Abraham Lincoln, Vince Lombardi, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Clare Boothe Luce, Douglas MacArthur, Dolley Madison, James Madison, George Marshall, Thurgood Marshall, William Mayo, Christa McAuliffe, William McKinley, Louise McManus, Herman Melville, Thomas Merton, George P. Mitchell, Maria Mitchell, William “Billy” Mitchell, Samuel Morse, Lucretia Mott, John Muir, Audie Murphy, Edward Murrow, John Neumann, Annie Oakley, Jesse Owens, Rosa Parks, George S. Patton, Jr., Charles Willson Peale, William Penn, Oliver Hazard Perry, John J. Pershing, Edgar Allan Poe, Clark Poling, John Russell Pope, Elvis Presley, Jeannette Rankin, Ronald Reagan, Walter Reed, William Rehnquist, Paul Revere, Henry Hobson Richardson, Hyman Rickover, Sally Ride, Matthew Ridgway, Jackie Robinson, Norman Rockwell, Caesar Rodney, Eleanor Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Betsy Ross, Babe Ruth, Sacagawea, Jonas Salk, John Singer Sargent, Antonin Scalia, Norman Schwarzkopf, Junípero Serra, Elizabeth Ann Seton, Robert Gould Shaw, Fulton Sheen, Alan Shepard, Frank Sinatra, Margaret Chase Smith, Bessie Smith, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Jimmy Stewart, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Gilbert Stuart, Anne Sullivan, William Howard Taft, Maria Tallchief, Maxwell Taylor, Tecumseh, Kateri Tekakwitha, Shirley Temple, Nikola Tesla, Jefferson Thomas, Henry David Thoreau, Jim Thorpe, Augustus Tolton, Alex Trebek, Harry S. Truman, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Dorothy Vaughan, C. T. Vivian, John von Neumann, Thomas Ustick Walter, Sam Walton, Booker T. Washington, George Washington, John Washington, John Wayne, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Phillis Wheatley, Walt Whitman, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Roger Williams, John Winthrop, Frank Lloyd Wright, Orville Wright, Wilbur Wright, Alvin C. York, Cy Young, and Lorenzo de Zavala.”

My take: This is a very strange list. Chambers I remember from the Pumpkin Papers, and because at one point in our respective careers he and I had the same job title. Lorenzo de Zavala and Gabby Gabreski I had to look up.

5 Comments

  1. Gregg Thurman said:
    I like Whitaker’s hat.

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    January 19, 2021
  2. Makes for a big garden. National Arboretum? It’s a thought provoking list. I’ve read, listened to or watched nearly every name except the 2 Monsieur Elmer-DeWitt noted. Learn something about each name and you’ll probably win on Jeopardy!

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    January 19, 2021
  3. Grady Campbell said:
    certainly an interesting list; most are worthy of inclusion in such a list, some are questionable (Calvin Coolidge but not Herbert Hoover; Jeane Kirkpatrick but not Lyndon Johnson?), many obviously not included. Would be nice to know what specific criteria was used in the selection and who was considered but not included due to this criteria. (is this info available someplace?) More to the point why statues rather than a museum that explains their contributions for posterity? (It could be part of the DJT presidential library.)

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    • Jerry Doyle said:
      @Grady Campbell: I suspect LBJ was excluded due to his involving the US ever deeper in an unpopular conflict: Vietnam. Otherwise, no other president (some may debate Abraham Lincoln) did more legislatively in advancing civil rights for blacks than Lyndon Johnson. What few understand is the profiles in courage Johnson exhibited in doing so.

      Johnson was from the South, leader of the Democratic Party and signed the legislation over objection of many key Democratic leaders in his party. At the time, the South was Democrat. After LBJ signed the 1964 Civil Rights legislation and advanced affirmative action programs, the South went Republican and to this day remains so. The recent senatorial election in Georgia shows it has taken over half a century for the Democratic Party to make political gains in the south since passage of the 1964 Civil Rights legislation.

      Continue….

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    • Jerry Doyle said:
      Continued…
      I grew up in the deep south as a teenager during this period and was politically astute of events unfolding. Our society used separate restrooms, separate visiting areas to professional offices (doctor, dentist, etc.) attended segregated schools, used separate water fountains, attended segregated churches, restaurants, etc.

      While LBJ was signing the bill into law, he supposedly turned to someone and said, “There goes the South for a generation.” That was one of the most prophetic statements made by a president during my lifetime. I was a junior in high school studying civics, doing grass roots politics, putting out political signs (even climbing trees to nail them so high the opposition couldn’t take them down) and here today just short of 74, it’s is taking a generation for the Democrats to make inroads into the south.

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