Alexander Haig — an integral part of the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations — has died at the age of 85. He died as a result of complications from an infection.
He was a four star general before he joined the Nixon Administration. He ran for president in 1988.
Right after Reagan’s assassination attempt in 1981, Haig (then Secretary of State) went on the air to announce: “As of now, I am in control here in the White House, pending the return of the vice president.”
During the Watergate scandal, Haig tried to explain that famous 18-minute gap in one of Nixon’s tape recordings as the work of “some sort of sinister force.”
Even though his political views were way to the right (for his time — today’s Republicans would probably hate him for being too liberal), he always seemed to have a certain decency and likeability. For one thing, he played a large role in abolishing the draft and switching to an all-volunteer force.
And I remember reading somewhere, around 1980 or ‘81, that his two favorite TV shows were Saturday Night Live and Fridays (an SNL wannabe starring Michael Richards and Larry David; Michael Richards was already doing “Kramer” ten years before Seinfeld started.)
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