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August 16, 2013
Posted at 4:08 pm

Chapter 144

A few typos in 143. Fixed.

A reader pointed up an interesting fact, which I checked and determined to be correct. The indoor White House swimming pool was covered over by Nixon, and the room was converted to the Press Briefing Room. A few years later Ford had an outside pool built. As for the indoor pool, it is still there, and empty, and the deep end is under the podium. BTW - Johnson really did go skinny-dipping in the indoor pool. I did an edit on 142 to reflect the accurate info. Thanks.

One interesting thing came up which I was not aware of. It isn't common knowledge, but the Pakistanis had an infantry brigade in Northern Afghanistan fighting the Northern Alliance at the time of the 9-11 attacks. The Bush White House warned the Pakistanis ahead of time to remove their troops, which of course warned the Taliban and Al Qaeda. Carl wasn't giving any warnings. I added something on this to 143.

And now for the bad news! As I mentioned earlier, I plan to take another break, probably about a month, while continuing to write. I need to do some fact checking & editing, and otherwise get some stuff written. Don't worry, I'll be back!