a presidents day message from herbert hoover
Feb. 21, 2011 4:27 pm
Updated: Feb. 24, 2011 12:57 pm
Well, I'm fixin’ to have me a rye whiskey, & remembering something Herbert Hoover said about cocktail time: “It’s the pause between the errors and trials of the day and the hopes of the night.”
So true, Herbert.
Every evening after work at the Department of Commerce, Hoover would drop by the Belgian embassy for a belt. It was before he became president. And
Later, though, when he became president, he would forget, in a public way, those boozy hours at the Belgian embassy: “The worst evil of disregard for some law," he would say in support of Prohibition, "is that it destroys respect for all law."
He should know, I suppose. He was perhaps speaking from experience.
Prohibition was of course a farce. And there were many in high positions who showed a low opinion for the law of the land. The mob, of course, had it pretty well figured out: they supported (and even funded) Prohibitionists as senators and congressmen (the
lawmakers, as it were); but for mayors and governors (the actual enforcers of the law), they preferred repeal-minded people.
Not surprising, actually. Legalizing booze would have done nothing for the mob; better to keep it illegal and do what they could to ensure it was a law that had no teeth.
Anyway, I like the sentiment of Hoover's first comment. I like the idea of cocktail time as a transition from the heavy world of work into the lighter experience of friends and family. And I can't deny he had a point with his second comment, too. But maybe
not the one he wanted to make. Just something I was thinking about as we move into Presidents Day weekend. Cheers, all. Have a happy one!
My favorite rye whi$key