Storyline: The dynamic dynast brings his ruling class sensibilities to all he undertakes, allowing him to continually operate as an integral member of his society’s elite, albeit without the imagination to change things, much preferring his high status in the status quo.

Prescott Bush (Prescott Sheldon Bush, Sr.) (1895-1972) - American businessman and political figure. Outer: Through his mother, Flora Sheldon, the family claimed descent from the royal houses of Scotland, England, France and Russia. Father, Samuel Prescott Bush (George P. Bush) was a steel manufacturer, as well as a weapons contractor during WW I, for both sides, showing a far greater interest in profit than politics, which he would pass on to his son to whom he was never close. Oldest of 5, with two brothers, including one who died at 4 and two sisters.Had a privileged upbringing, and went to private school, before matriculating at Yale. A skilled athlete, he played varsity golf, football and baseball there and was a member of the secret Skull & Bones society, a tradition he would pass on to his son and grandson. Supposedly was part of a group that violated renegade chieftain Geronimo’s (Jim Brown) grave in order to bring back the Amerindian leader’s skull for their society’s rituals. 6’4”, 250 lbs., physically imposing and deep-voiced. Held a lifelong interest in singing, was president of the Yale Glee Club, and also identified heavily with his alma mater, maintaining a feeling of close association with his fellow grads, many of whom would be part of the establishment elite who ran both governmental and financial affairs. Served as a captain in WW I in the American Expeditionary Forces, where he did intelligence work, then was part of the European occupation force afterwards until 1919. An embarrassing false report on his heroics, which stated he was given medals, forced him to move from his home town. Married in 1921 to Dorothy Walker, the daughter of George Herbert Walker (Mike Golic), an investment banker, playboy, Democrat, and descendant of slave owners, 4 sons and a daughter from the union, including future Pres. George H. W. Bush, making him the patriarch of a political dynasty. Couldn’t abide his flashy in-laws, who disdained public service and thought only of wealth, power and pleasure, despite his similar affinity for the first two/thirds of that trinity. Both he and his wife were devout Episcopalians, reading the Bible every morning at breakfast. Worked in private industry before becoming v-p of his father-in-law’s banking firm, and later a partner, after it merged as Brown Brothers, Harriman. Director of numerous corporations, as well as being president of the U.S. Golf Association, while also continuing his covert connection to the intelligence establishment. Headed 2 agencies during WW II, and helped organize the USO, although also allegedly gave Nazis financial support through overseas banking. Had his hand in numerous corporate pies, becoming extremely wealthy, as well as influential, and from 1944 to 1956, he was a member of Yale Corp., the governing body of Yale Univ. Set the family precedent of becoming successful in business before entering politics, but also developed a serious drinking problem along the way. Lost his first election, then finally became a liberal Republican senator on his 3rd try, serving for 11 years, beginning in 1952, with an acknowledged expertise on finances. Had a close bond with JFK, showing the same commitment to civil rights, while cosponsoring the Peace Corps. A golfing partner of Pres. Dwight Eisenhower, and member of the Eastern Establishment, he always operated with ruling class sensibilities, seeing himself as a champion of the overclass and its birthright for governance and control. Bravely stood up to Senator Joseph McCarthy (Ann Coulter), when few others in the Senate did, during the latter’s demagogic run in the early 1950s. Ill health finally ended his political career in 1962, although he recovered and remained active behind-the-scenes the last decade of his life, while lamenting his decision not to run again. Donated his autobiographical papers to Columbia Univ. painting himself in colorless terms as a figure of propriety and obligation. Died of lung cancer. Inner: Highly social, and an inveterate club joiner, with his singular love, that of a cappella singing. Conservative albeit liberal within Republican tradition, and starchy, making all the right social and economic moves, without affecting his time, only perpetuating the power-hold of those born to rule. Feared and admired by his children, but not held in affection by anyone other than his wife. Strong identification with his alma mater, visiting it yearly, as well as the Skull & Bones tomb. Patrician lifetime of ruling class achievement and actualizing his sense of public responsibility in a highly traditional mode, before passing down similar principles to his son. Nicholas Fish (1758-1833) - American political patriarch. Outer: Descended from early Massachusetts colonists on his father’s side. His father Jonathan Fish (George P. Bush) was a well-to-do NY merchant. Only son, along with two sisters. Attended the College of NJ, although did not graduate, and entered a prestigious law office, forming a lifelong friendship with Alexander Hamilton (John F. Kennedy). In 1775, he joined a NY army regiment and was active throughout the entire American Revolutionary War. Ultimately became Hamilton’s 2nd in command during the Yorktown campaign, and was breveted a lieutenant colonel at the close of the war. Appointed adjutant-general for the state of NY in 1784, and in 1793, he was made supervisor of revenues in NY. In 1803, he married Elizabeth Stuyvesant, the descendant and heiress of the Dutch governor, Peter Stuyvesant. Three daughters and two sons from the union, including Hamilton Fish (James Baker) who became a prominent political figure, far outdistancing his father. Executor of Hamilton’s will. Served as a NYC alderman for 9 years, and was a leading Federalist. At life’s end, he became chairman of the board of the trustees of Columbia College, a post later held by his son Hamilton. Inner: Large, handsome and dashing, but dignified. Competent in all he did, without standing out in anything. Privileged lifetime of serving as the patriarch and lynchpin of a multi-generational political family, a role he would repeat the next time around as well, with his progeny, once more, making a larger impact than himself. Lewis Morris (1671-1746) - American colonial official. Outer: Only child of the New World founder of the family dynasty. His father had been a merchant in Barbados who married a Barbadian woman of substantial fortune, although both died when their son was one. Left as a ward of his uncle, also a wealthy merchant, although he proved a recalcitrant, headstrong child, who was eventually forced to mend his ways. Rebelled against his uncle’s Quaker faith, and instead, embraced the Church of England, later becoming the first American member of its missionary arm. 6’ with a combative personality, which eventually earned him the nickname, “Goliath.” In 1691, he inherited large estates in both New York and New Jersey, and becoming a vast property owner sobered him. Eventually amassed a library numbering some 3000 volumes, giving him the distinction of one of the largest collections in the New World. Also owned 66 slaves, making him the largest slave owner north of Maryland. In the same year, he married Isabella Graham, the daughter of the attorney general of NY province. 15 children from the union, of whom 11 reached maturity, including Robert Hunter Morris (James Baker), a noted jurist. In 1697, his estate in what is now the Bronx, was patented as Morrisania. Briefly arrested for sedition, after castigating the East Jersey governor for corruption, then, to his satisfaction, saw a mob demolish the gaol which held him. Traveled to England in 1702 to help bring about the fall of New Jersey’s proprietary government, after being disappointed in his desire to be the first royal governor of the province. A bitter opponent of Edward Cornbury (Newt Gingrich), the capricious governor of New York and New Jersey, he helped bring about his removal in 1708. Became chief justice of NY in 1715 but a subsequent struggle with the latest governor brought about his removal, thanks in large part to his unwillingness to allow anyone to question his authority. Ended his career by becoming the first governor of New Jersey when that colony separated from NY in 1738, and served in that capacity until his death. His contentious character was reflected in his rule, which was extremely unpopular. Wound up embittered, rich and totally isolated politically, after initially being deemed a hero by his fellow colonists for his eager willingness to stand up to corrupt authority. Inner: Stern and quarrelsome, with an inability to compromise. Active Churchman, vain but not without talent. Continued lifetime of bringing his bellicose character to the public forefront, only to suffer great unpopularity for it, necessitating a switch to more control over his overt emotions in his succeeding go-rounds in this series. Myles Standish (1584?-1656) - English/American soldier and governor. Outer: From an important Roman Catholic family, although he was fraudulently deprived of his inheritance. Short, red-bearded, plump and sturdy, with a fiery temperament. Began his career as a soldier of fortune in the Netherlands during the Dutch wars of independence from Spain. While in Holland, he met some exiled English Puritans who hired him to join their colonizing expedition to the New World in 1620, and he was one of the first parties to disembark from the Mayflower. Became the military leader of the Plymouth Colony and the chief negotiator with the Amerindians. Also the only one of the original crew to have camping experience. First of the colonists to learn the indigenous languages, he was the chief strategist of their defense, giving the colonies a foundation so that they had no trouble with the Amerindians for their first 40 years. Served as a colonial mainstay during the Pilgrims’ early problems with near-starvation and illness, losing his first wife during their first harsh winter in the New World. In 1624, he remarried, 6 children from union, 2 dying young. Returned to England in 1625 as an agent to secure new loan and purchase supplies. In 1627, he was one of a group of colonists to buy out the London merchants who had invested in them, allowing the Pilgrims to assume title to their own lands. The following year, he led the expedition that arrested trickster Thomas Morton (Newt Gingrich) for mocking the colony and trading firearms to the indigenous people, and sent him back to England. Along with John Alden (Marilyn Quayle), he founded the town of Duxbury in 1631, where he settled. There is no evidence that he asked Alden to serve as his intermediary in his pursuit of Priscilla Mullins (Dan Quayle), which entered popular mythology through a long narrative poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Robert Penn Warren). Served as assistant governor and treasurer of the colony from 1644 to 1649, while amassing considerable property, eventually dying a wealthy man. Left a considerable library in his wake. Inner: Great physical endurance and courage, albeit hot-tempered. Transition lifetime of being able to use his considerable military and business skills to best advantage in an entirely New World, one he obviously found to his liking in his continuing exploration of both power, influence and patriarchy in its favored embrace. Sir Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk (1443-1524) - English nobleman. Outer: Only son of John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk (JFK), who had been made an earl marshal and died fighting for Richard III (Evelyn Waugh), making his title attainted for his loyalty to the wrong royal house. Married Elizabeth Tilney, an heiress, and took abode at her house, where he lived as a country gentleman when not fighting. 8 sons, 5 of whom died young, including his successor Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk (Joseph Kennedy, Jr.), and 3 daughters. Like his father, he was a Yorkist supporter of Edward IV (Ethan Hawke), and was made steward of the royal household, and knighted in 1478. Captured while fighting for Richard III, he, too, was attainted and imprisoned in the Tower of London for 3 1/2 years, before being restored to his earldom in Surrey, but not his dukedom in Norfolk. Given back the lands of his wife, but not his own. Switched his loyalties to the royal House of Tudor, and served as a patriarchal progenitor who produced 2 Tudor queens among his grandchildren. Chief general in England during the mid-1490s. After 20 years of hard service, he was finally given back his full lands. As lieutenant-general of the north, he defended the borders against Scottish incursion, and was made lord treasurer, a post he held for over 2 decades, and a privy councilor in 1501. After the death of his first wife, he remarried her cousin Agnes Tilney, 3 sons and 4 daughters from 2nd union. Helped arrange the marriage between the daughter of Henry VII (Rupert Murdoch) and James IV (Kathleen Kennedy) of Scotland. Employed by Henry VIII (Maxwell Beaverbrook), but was ousted from power by his chief minister Thomas Wolsey (Henry Kissinger) in 1510, and stayed away from the English court. Also weakened by his opposition to the marriage of Henry’s sister Mary Tudor (Julie Christie) to Louis XII (Ferdinand Foch) of France. Distinguished himself commanding the army that defeated the Scots at Flodden, and he was elevated to Duke of Norfolk in 1514. Able to work with Wolsey in later years, and was guardian of England during Henry’s visit to France in 1520. Lord high steward at the trial of the father of his son’s 2nd wife, Edward Stafford, Duke of Buckingham (Whittaker Chambers). Passed the sentence of death on him with tears streaming down his face. Inner: Pragmatic survivalist, venerable warrior. Patriarchal lifetime of establishing a multi-generational noble house through his skills at both martial artistry and finance, a theme he would explore over and over again in the annals of Anglo-America.


Storyline: The gregarious salesman discovers to his dismay that his gladhanding style and business acumen are not enough to gain him the respect and admiration he craves, while, once again, learning little from his failures, through his inability at introspection.

George H. W. Bush (1924) - American President. Outer: From a bloodline that resonated with royal houses from Scotland, England, France and Russia, through his grandmother, Flora Sheldon Bush. His mother, Dorothy Walker Bush, whose father and his namesake, George Herbert Walker (Mike Golic), was a rapacious boor and bully, taught him to be the opposite of his sire, creating a lifelong duality of fear of being boastful and a desire for recognition on a par with his ruling class progenitor. Through her, he held an aversion to employing the first person, pronoun, “I” in reference to himself. She also instilled within all her children a keen competitiveness, which she felt was compatible with severe modesty.. Father was Prescott Bush, a highly successful Wall Street banker, who emphasized service to the larger community in his progeny. He later became a moderate Republican senator, whom his son respected, although his true affection was for his namesake. Second of 5 children, with three brothers and a sister. Clearly his mother’s son, with her personality. Raised an Episcopalian, and had a patrician prep school upbringing. 6’2” athletic, with blue eyes. Became the youngest flyer in the Navy, where he was secretly trained as a photographic officer, doing crucial, highly sensitive aerial surveillance. Flew 58 bombing missions, was shot down twice, rescued twice, and given the Distinguished Flying Cross. Like his father, he was Yale educated, where he was on the baseball team and Phi Beta Kappa, as well as a member of the secretive Skull & Bones society, despite a singular lack of originality or any depth of intellectuality. In 1945, he married Barbara Pierce, four sons and two daughters from the union, including one daughter who died at 3 of leukemia. His eldest two sons, George W. and Jeb, both would enter politics, after business careers. Probably began working with the CIA in the early 1950s, opening offices all over the world for his modest oil companies, even in countries that did not drill, as a cover for garnering information and laundering money. Made his overt fortune through serving the needs of the intelligence establishment via the oil business in west Texas, while developing close working relations with the Saudi royal family, and later the Bin Ladens, although not black sheep Osama, before turning to Texas politics as a glad-handing Republican. Through covert operations, he became the Zelig of the latter half of the 20th century, seemingly involved with many of the pivotal incidents in the power his/story of America. Debriefed by the CIA on the Kennedy assassination, and was in Dallas the day it happened in 1963, although later claimed he couldn’t remember where he was, for fear of being associated in any way with the tragic event, despite being part of a group that felt highly threatened by the president. After losing his first election to the House of Representatives in 1964, when he was called a rightwing extremist, he won handily in next two runs, showing himself to be a moderate, but failed in 2 subsequent senatorial bids. Worked on his appointee resumé, instead, during the 1970s, and became U.S. ambassador to the U.N., U.S. liaison officer in China, chairman of the Republican National Committee, and finally, in 1977, head of the C.I.A., as reward for his long secret service to the agency, all the while helping make the Middle East the world’s primary destination for arms shipments. As chief spy, he worked quietly to reverse the Watergate-era reforms of CIA practices, moving as many operations as possible offshore and beyond accountability. Also heavily involved in international banking, supporting much of the financial, intelligence and military weaponry that helped Saddam Hussein build Iraq into a rogue power. His family moved 28 times in 40 years to accommodate his search for credentialed titles. Rumored to have had many affairs, including a liaison with his executive assistant, Jennifer Fitzgerald, beginning in 1974. Became Ronald Reagan’s vice-president in 1980, after a failed bid for the presidency, and learned how to be better viewed by the voting public at the hands of an easygoing master, while altering his political stances accordingly. Ironically, he would be the reality of the Reagan fantasy - a genuine war hero from a world of wealth and power, but without the telegenic image that supported it. Known as the “Saudi vice-president,” during this stretch, but showed great loyalty to Reagan, despite the latter’s indifference to him. Took over Kennebunkport in Maine from the Walker family in 1980, much to their chagrin, and remodeled and expanded it as a political retreat, creating the exact opposite atmosphere of the Kennedy’s Hyannisport, making sure everyone was properly behaved and went to Church on Sunday. Assumed the presidency in 1988, beating Michael Dukakis, a weak opponent, by a 3-to-1 electoral margin, while riding on the vanishing rays of Reagan’s smiling political sunset. Code-named Timberwolf by the Secret Service. Felt a great need to prove his masculinity in office, after being labeled a ‘wimp,’ but his distracted, inarticulate style failed to impress the American public, despite earlier popularity through aggressive non-wimp actions in Panama and then the Middle East against Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, enjoying his finest hour in producing a multinational multibillion dollar TV spectacular of bombing Babylon back to oblivion in 1991, when Hussein was no longer useful to his interests. In the letdown afterwards, he paid for his predecessor’s legerdemain economic policies, and saw his popularity plummet as the economy went out to recess. Lost his reelection bid in 1992 to Bill Clinton by better than a 2-1 elector margin because of his indifference to the economy and retired. His mother died shortly after the election, so as not to let him exploit the loss during the campaign. Joined the Carlyle Group, which bought defense companies and multiplied their values, using his influence to attract investors. Puttered around, wrote some memoirs, and watched his 2 sons become governors of Texas and Florida, giving him a sense of dynasty. Went skydiving on his 75th birthday, and basked in the reflective glow, when his boy made it to the White House in 2000, the 2nd father/son duo to do so. Became a shadow adviser to his scion, as the latter achieved the same wartime presidential status, although the 2nd Gulf War would not go as quickly and smoothly as the first, and became a quagmire. Along with former Pres. Clinton, he figure-headed relief efforts for the tsunami and hurricane disasters which would mark his son’s second term, while suffering largely in silence over the latter’s failures, before ushering in some of his own people to try to salvage his presidency, as his son’s stewardship of state steadily spiraled downward into political pariah status. Opened the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in 1997 in College Station, Texas. Prone to public weeping as he has aged, but still jumping out of airplanes into his 80s. Spent two months in a Houston hospital at 2012’s end with complications from pneumonia, before deciding life was still worth living for him despite his reduced physical status. As proof, he managed to skydive once again for his 90th birthday. The only president in the electronic media age not to pen his autobiography. Horrified at the 2015 pre-primaries and the trashing of his son Jeb at the hands of Donald Trump, often throwing a shoe at the TV when he was on, while feeling the Republican Party no longer reflected him and his values. In a late 2015 biography of him, he blamed Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld as far too hawkish, and far too independent of his son, W., although ultimately felt that the latter should have taken full responsibility for allowing them to create their own national security apparatus. Announced he would be voting for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, per his absolute loathing for Donald Trump. Admitted to a Houston hospital with pneumonia nearly a week before Trump’s inauguration to give him good excuse not to attend it. Admitted to charges by several women of groping them, in what he intended to be good-natured patting on their rears. May be suffering from Parkinson’s. Became the longest-living ex-president at the end of 2017. Has an estimate net worth of $25 million. Inner: Gregarious archetype of the invisible ruling class, and a dutiful operative in their service, benefitting handsomely from his covert connection to the intelligence community. Totally non-introspective figure of surface actions, performing competently in all his pre-presidential tasks, carrying out his instructions from above without any distinguishing signature of his own, which would later serve him ill as chief executive. Adept businessman, rumored to have dealt in much contraband during his financial career, along with a host of other secretive activities. Loath to use the word dynasty for his family, despite craving that unique American distinction. On the dark side, impatient, often angry. and a born competitor who hates to lose, much like his namesake. Perhaps the lessons of this life will open him up to his own abandoned interior, giving him the requisite depth he needs to adequately compete in the public political arenas towards which he unerringly gravitates, after proving himself in his singular area of aptitude, financial manipulations. Automatic pilot lifetime of overextending his own limitations and rising to a level way beyond his capabilities, as lesson to the American public on its hidden ruling elite and some of the mediocrity at its core. Thomas C. Platt (1833-1910) - American politician and businessman. Outer: Son of a successful lawyer. Raised as a Presbyterian, while his father wanted him to be a minister, despite his having little interest in the field. Tall, thin and cadaverous-looking. Attended Yale where he dutifully studied theology, but left for health reasons, and began his career as a druggist, working as such for two decades. Married Ellen Barstow in 1852, 3 sons from the union. His wife, who was a loyal helpmate, died in 1901. Started his political career in 1859 as a county clerk, before returning to the business sphere as a bank president, railroad president and timber speculator, proving himself successful. Did not serve in the Civil War for health reasons, but raised money to support the Union cause. His political career came into full harness in 1870, under the guidance of his friend, Sen. Roscoe Conkling (Michael Dukakis). Elected to the House of Representatives in 1874, as a Republican member of the political Stalwarts. Became a N.Y. senator in 1881, with a totally undistinguished record in both houses, as a largely behind-the-scenes worker. Became known as “Me too” Platt for following the principled stands of his mentor, Conkling. Became political boss of New York, but tried to stop the rise of Theodore Roosevelt (Kathleen Kennedy), and lost his influence and power by choosing the wrong political freight train to stop. Remarried to Lillian Janeway in 1903, but the union was unharmonious and the 2 separated 3 years later. Suffered from Bright’s disease, and died of it at the apartment he had rented for years, with his relatives at his bedside. Wrote his autobiography, which was both fiction and fact. Inner: Kindly, gregarious, tactful, industrious, patient and tenacious. Financial adept but with little political ability, as is his usual stance. Comeuppance lifetime of underestimating a political foe, and showing he was no match for patrician ambition, which he would address as the son in father/son fashion in his next go-round in this series. Lewis Morris (1726-1798) - American political leader. Outer: Grandson of Lewis Morris (Prescott Bush), father was 2nd lord of the manor, allowing him to be born into a family of both wealth and power. Older brother of Staats Morris (Condoleezza Rice) and half-brother of Gouvernor Morris (Joseph Kennedy, Jr.). Tall, handsome and erect. His father carefully supervised his early education. Graduated from Yale, before returning to the family’s vast estate. In 1749, he married Mary Walton (Barbara Bush). 5 surviving sons and daughters from the union, including Richard Valentine Morris (George Bush, Jr.). Spent 16 years as an aristocratic land owner, although showed himself not to be as acquisitive as his ancestors. On his father’s death in 1762, he became the 3rd and last lord of the manor of Morrisania, the family’s large estate in Westchester County, NY. Became prominent in his opposition to British policies in the colonies, largely because he felt he should have been treated better by the British authorities. Served a term in the provincial assembly in 1769, and was active in the political sphere during the outset of the American Revolution, taking a seat in the Constitutional Congress, and putting his signature on the Declaration of Independence, although consistently showed himself far more interested in business transactions than public policy. Made a brigadier general, although his duty was limited because of his business and civic responsibilities. During the war, his estate was burned to the ground and plundered, and following the conflict, he busied himself restoring it. Active in NY politics during the aftermath of the revolution, as an intermittent member of the state legislature from 1777 to 1790. Although he garnered a full resumé of public posts, his pride and joy remained his estate, where he ultimately retired. Pursued his agricultural interests there, and died surrounded by his family. Outer: Gregarious, with strong self-interest motivating his various political stands. Silver spoon lifetime of literally being to the manor born, and taking great pleasure in its upkeep and resurrection, while feeling little need to extend himself into the political sphere, other than to aid his own self-interests. James Craggs the Elder (1657-1721) - English businessman and politician. Outer: From a modest background. Eldest son, his maternal grandfather was a rector. Went to a free grammar school, and at 21, helped his father sell the family property. Came to London in 1680, and worked for two noble families, becoming steward to the young duke of Norfolk, in 1684, unconsciously hooking up with a karmic root of his. The same year he married Elizabeth Richards, the daughter of a corn chandler, who was a maidservant to the Marlborough household. Three sons and three daughters from the union, with only one son surviving infancy, James Craggs, the younger (George W. Bush), and he put his dynastic ambitions into him. It would be his connection with the Marlboroughs (JFK & Jacqueline Kennedy), that would allow him to steadily advance, thanks to an innate financial acumen. Served as private secretary to the duke, and became an army clothier, but was imprisoned in 1695 for irregularities in his financial affairs, when he refused to allow a parliamentary commission access to his books. Later released through high contacts, although it was revealed the governor of the East India Company had paid him to help it maintain its monopoly. Continued his association with the Company, serving as a director. while being part of the negotiations in its restructuring. After its old and new versions united, he became a manager from 1702-1704. On the accession of Queen Anne (Princess Anne), his prospects brightened even more, thanks to the Marlborough’s close association with her, and he wound up an MP for 11 years, compiling an undistinguished political record, although playing an important role as liaison with his ongoing benefactor. Lost his seat after Marlborough’s fall, but with the advent of the House of Hanover in 1714, he regained is political traction, despite losing his next election, and served for 5 years as joint postmaster general, beginning in 1715. Accumulated a considerable amount of wealth in his various dealings, to the tune of £1,500,000, although he was involved in the South Sea Bubble scandal, comparable to an early stock market crash in 1720, and his son died soon after, to compound his losses. Passed on of apoplexy shortly before being brought to trial, although his demise may have been a suicide over his dual grief of losing his son and falling into disgrace. Served as a convenient scapegoat afterwards, when his greed and profiteering were held to blame in part for the financial catastrophe. Inner: Good financial abilities, but totally unscrupulous, while milking his contacts for all they were worth to him. Self-made lifetime of ambitions thwarted through ongoing dishonest dealings, while playing with power at the highest levels, without the political acumen to do anything more than increase his estate and get caught doing so. Thomas Howard, first Earl of Suffolk and first Baron Howard de Walden (1561-1626) - English admiral. Outer: Eldest surviving son of Thomas Howard, the 4th Duke of Norfolk (Richard Nixon), who was executed for treason when he was 11 years old. Mother had been the daughter of a baron and his father’s second wife, and died when he was three, allowing him to inherit the estate of his maternal grandfather. Educated at St. John’s College, Cambridge, then, on his father’s advice, married his step-sister, Mary Dacre, an heiress and daughter of the duke’s third wife, who died without issue in 1578. In 1583, he married another heiress, Katherine Knyvet, the widow of Lord Richard Rich. His wife, a remarkable beauty, had total control over him, and was extremely avaricious, with a reputation for looseness. 7 sons, including Edward Howard (George W. Bush) and 3 daughters from the union, including Frances Howard (Grace Kelly), who the family manipulated into marriage with the devious Robert Carr (Bob Hope), helping nullify her first union, in order to do so. She, however, ultimately wound up in the Tower, for helping to poison Thomas Overbury (Bing Crosby), further sullying the family name. Had his title restored in 1584, after his father had the family’s name attainted. Distinguished himself against the Spanish Armada in 1588, then commanded in an attack on the Azores fleet, losing the ship ‘Revenge,’ in an irony on his ongoing desire to clear his family name. Made an admiral of the third squadron in the Cadiz expedition in 1596, and the following year he added to his titles, while continuing to hold naval commands. Served as marshal of the forces against Robert Devereaux, the 2nd Earl of Essex (Ethan Hawke), then was made constable of the Tower of London in 1601. Received an MA from Oxford and Cambridge, and ultimately became chancellor of Cambridge Univ. Created an earl in 1603, and added a host of posts to his resumé over the next decade, before becoming lord high treasurer in 1614, a post he held for 4 years. Ultimately heavily fined and briefly imprisoned for embezzlement in 1619, effectively negating his life’s work. His wife also stood trial, for taking bribes from Spain, although she was given karmic recompense by contracting smallpox in 1619, which marred her legendary beauty. Ended his career as high steward of Exeter., died at one of his homes, while his widow lived in obscurity for another dozen years. Inner: Greedy, extravagant and acquisitive, despite evincing modest competence in the various tasks assigned to him. Spent heavily on his offspring to insure their social standing in order to make advantageous matches for them, continually leaving him in debt. Egg-on-his-face lifetime of exhibiting his habitual over/reach, leaving his name ultimately besmirched, as has been his pattern in most of the go-rounds in this series.


Storyline: The indomitable domestic goddess alternates between mother and wife of her prime progeny, allowing her to be a staunch familial support, as well as a personality in her own right, when given the opportunity to shine on her own, without worrying about political considerations.

Barbara Bush (1925) - American first lady. Outer: Of English, German, Scottish and French descent. Direct Mayflower descendant, and also loosely connected to former First Lady Abigail Adams (Anne Heche) and former Pres. Franklin Pierce (Eugene McCarthy). Father was the president of McCall Publishing Corp., mother was the daughter of an Ohio state Supreme Court justice. Third of four siblings, with an older sister and brother, and a younger brother. Raised an Episcopalian and attended both public and private schools, including a boarding high school in South Carolina, before spending one year at Smith College, where she was captain of the freshman soccer team. Athletic as a child and teen, with a great love of reading. Met her future husband, George H.W. Bush, when she was 16 at a Christmas dance, and the two corresponded thereafter. Worked summers, and during his leave time, dropped out of school and married George Bush in 1945, moving with him to various naval bases for the first 8 months of their marriage. The union produced four sons and two daughters, including George W. Bush, the future president of the U.S. At the death of her eldest daughter Robin from leukemia, at the age of almost four, her brown hair turned white. Following her husband’s graduation from Yale, the family moved to Texas, which would become their subsequent relocated home state, after several southern California locales early in Bush’s career. They would wind up changing residences some 29 times, during which time they settled in Midlands, Texas in 1950. Her husband was often away on business forays, as he became more involved in the oil industry, and she remained a traditional housewife, raising her growing family, while also involving herself in several causes, including cancer research and literacy. Also a strong advocate for integration, following personally experiencing segregation while traveling with her domestic servants in the south. Actively promoted her husband’s political career, as he accumulated his extraordinary political resumé, through a wide variety of appointments that took them to Washington and Beijing, among other stops, while she began suffering from depression at her secondary status, particularly when he was head of the CIA and couldn’t discuss his work with her. Active in charities, as well as social work, and a strong supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment, putting her at odds with the Republican Party. When her husband was elected vice-president in 1980, she subsumed herself to Nancy Reagan, while focusing on literacy as her predominating issue, which she would continue to do when GHWB was elected president in 1988, becoming the first spouse to address a nominating convention. Served as the anti-Nancy Reagan in the homespun matronly image she presented, while keeping her tongue in check, around some of her more liberal stances, including becoming the first lady to hire an African-American press secretary. Her husband failed to win a second term, which she took quite personally, although she continued with her public service activities, occasionally making headlines with ill-tempered remarks. Actively campaigned for her son George in his two successful presidential bids, in 2000 and 2004, addressing both nominating conventions, as well. Has had several schools named for her and has authored four books, including two on her beloved dogs. Operated on for an aortic valve replacement in 2009. Remains active in her Literacy Foundation, and unafraid of expressing herself, as the indomitable linchpin of a controversial political clan whose true legacy awaits the future judgment of his/story. As such, she dismissed dynasties, throwing water on the potential candidacy of her son Jeb in 2016. Followed her husband to a Houston hospital with bronchitis several days before Donald Trump’s inauguration, in order to have good excuse to miss it. Inner: Outspoken, sharp-tongued and domineering, with a ruling class sensibility, and a certain obtuseness around the lives of ordinary citizens, despite a do-gooder desire to uplift and educate. Domestic goddess lifetime of serving as grounding ballast for the ambitions of her family, while giving voice to her own needs to be heard and seen as a force for social betterment in her own right. Marion Anthon Fish (Marion Anthon Graves) (1853-1915) - American society leader. Known as “Mamie.” Outer: Father was a lawyer and an assemblyman for a Staten Island district. Grew up in wealth and privilege, while evincing a sure social sense, which she would easily transliterate into a gift for hostessing and party-giving. Despite plain looks, her lively personality proved dominant. In 1876, she wed Stuyvesant Fish (George W. Bush), scion of a distinguished NY family and president of the Illinois Central Railroad. Three sons and a daughter from the union. Used her position to become one of NYC’s and Newport’s premiere hostesses, noted for her thematic parties, and delicious wit, which mixed show business celebrities with high society. Maintained splendid homes in both cities, including “Crossways” in Newport and a manse in NYC designed by Stanford White (Halston). Also had a country home, Glenclyffe, in Putnam County, which served as yet another milieu for her hostessing. Far more interested in her competitive status as a reigning society matron, she put all her creative energy into her party-planning, reserving little for her children, while her husband “Stuyvie” indulged her. Enjoyed many close friendships, and was involved in a host of charities. Grew stouter and grimmer as she got older, but never lost her wicked sense of humor. Died of a cerebral hemorrhage in her Putnam County home, with her spouse by her side. Inner: Outspoken, warm, independent, generous and domineering. Society belle lifetime of focusing on her social status, using her considerable energy to fashion a unique niche for herself in fashionable society, without having to worry about political implications, so as to allow her to develop a side of herself that would be largely buried in her next go-round in this series, when she once again had to subsume herself to her husband’s larger career ambitions. Mary Walton Morris (1727-1794) - American heiress. Outer: From a notable family of NY shipping merchants. Raised in wealth and privilege, she married manorial state owner. Lewis Morris (George H.W. Bush) in 1749. Five surviving sons and four daughters from the union, including Richard Valentine Morris (George W. Bush). Proved herself to be quite capable as manager of her husband’s vast estate, dedicating her life to her spouse and family. After her husband signed the Declaration of Independence, the family was forced to flee their estate, which was laid to ruin by British forces, although she managed to hold the family together, and played a pivotal role in restoring the estate following the conflict. Inner: Thrifty, practical and strong-willed. Matriarchal lifetime of putting the full focus of her existence on family, as she usually does when paired with her oft-time husband, in contrast to giving full play to herself when wed to her oft-time son.


Storyline: The second-rate scion sails in on his family’s long coat/tails to act out a destiny designed to stretch his limited abilities, and bring him up to the memorable level of his longtime mixed crew of accomplishers and embarrassers.

George W. Bush, Jr. (George Walker Bush, Jr.) (1946) - American president. Outer: Of British descent, with small amounts of German, Welsh, Irish and French, while connected to the the royal houses of Scotland, England, France and Russia.: Born the same day as actor Sylvester Stallone. Father was future President George H. W. Bush, mother was Barbara Bush. Oldest of 5, and the family charmer, with an ongoing desire to make people feel better, from the death of his younger sister onward, which left him with nightmares for years. Descended on his mother’s side from former president, Franklin Pierce (Eugene McCarthy). Grew up in west Texas, then was educated privately at Andover in Mass. Very competitive with his sire throughout his life. Hated to lose at games, often changing the rules when he did, to give himself a second chance. Like his father, a member of Skull & Bones at Yale, where he proved himself a gentleman ‘C’ student, then served as a pilot in the Texas Air National Guard in lieu of Vietnam duty, thanks to his father’s pull, with some question lingering about whether he even attended meetings or not. 5’11”, 195 lbs, with blue eyes. Spent 5 years in various pursuits, including flight school in Georgia, a year as an agricultural-supplies salesman and a year as a youth adviser in Houston’s inner city programs, all the while drinking, using drugs and partying hard, before going to Harvard for his MBA in 1975, and then following his father into the oil business, with a west Texas oil exploration company bought on trust fund money and family support in 1977. In 1976, he was arrested for DWI. Converted to Methodism after his marriage to Laura Welch, a librarian in 1977, who he had met at a barbecue, twin daughters from the union. Took his company public in 1982, a move that failed badly, but survived through a merger. Later had some ethical questions surrounding its inflated price, as well as offshore-drilling concessions the purchaser received in the Persian Gulf. Able to overcome his drinking problem cold turkey in 1986, thanks to a reemergence of his sense of Christian faith, and settled down through self-discipline and exercise, to seriously pursuing a career path at the age of 40, although reputedly continued ingesting cocaine. Took advantage of his father’s name in parlaying his business ineptitude with insider trading and loans to gain enough money, some $800,000, to be part of a group in 1989 that purchased the Texas Rangers baseball team. Later sold the team in 1998, garnering some $18 million. In 1994, he was elected Republican Governor of Texas, and proved a popular state executive, easily winning a 2nd term and positioning himself as a primary candidate for the presidency in 2000, under the banner of “compassionate conservatism,” as the latter half of the 2nd father/son tandem to be elected chief executive, over Al Gore, in a battle of ruling class scions. His unclear victory demanded a recount in his brother Jeb’s state of Florida, before finally being awarded office by the Supreme Court. Code-named Tumbler or Trailblazer by the Secret Service. Served as frontman and salesman of the government line, catering to conservative isolationist positions, from his own view of absolute self-certainty, while his v-p Dick Cheney called the shots via the hidden ruling elite behind both of them, in a unique co-presidency. Despite a shaky start, he came into his own after the World Trade Center bombing in the fall of 2001, and proved to be the fatherly, compassionate figure the nation needed in the months of healing afterwards, rising to unprecedented heights in the public opinion polls. Subsequently invaded Afghanistan and deposed the Taliban regime there, which he held responsible for the bombing. A financial scandal later that fall, with the collapse of the Enron corporation, which had helped finance his career, began to tarnish his golden image, as his administration continued to retain the at-war atmosphere that had successfully deflected growing criticism of his stewardship of state. 28 pages were held back when the Congressional inquiry into 9/11 were released in 2002, which would have refocused attention on Saudi Arabia’s royal’s link with al-Queda and made his invasion of Iraq meaningless, Guilty of all the economic malfeasances that his fallen CEO confreres were subsequently brought to trial for, he, nevertheless, rallied the country to war against Iraq in the spring of 2003, despite a subsequent no-show of weapons of mass destruction there, which was his main rationale for attacking the one country in the Mideast which did not harbor terrorists. Successfully toppled its dictator Saddam Hussein, while riding a great wave of popularity. Continued to maintain an isolated presidency where all dissent was viewed as treasonous, and civiil liberties were suspect, making himself virtually inaccessible to the press, save for highly controlled situations. Subsequently parlayed terror into a multibillion dollar windfall for his corporate backers, with continued fear-mongering as his ongoing rationale for his subsequent antidemocratic presidency. Also oversaw a deliberately dysfunctional government, so that its services could be privatized and put in the for-profit hands of his allies in private industry. Won a subsequent 2nd term against Senator John Kerry, in 2004, in another highly questionable election, along with the first second term congressional majority since William McKinley (Richard Nixon), in 1900. Subsequently saw his popularity erode, thanks to the ongoing Iraq occupation, as well as a failed attempt to privatize Social Security. In 2005, he had 9/11 bookended by Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed the poorer sections of New Orleans and put the weaknesses of his presidency on display - his focus on the haves, his disdain for government and legal processes, his cronyism, his neglect of the country’s have-nots, and his energy policies. Reluctantly shouldered the blame for the government’s slow response to the disaster but suffered a great public loss of faith in his abilities, although was able to bend the Supreme Court rightward with his two ultimate selections for it. Lost both houses of Congress in the 2006 mid-term elections, where his policies were soundly rebuked, despite a seemingly vibrant economy, and immediately accepted the resignation of his controversial Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, replacing him with a figure from his father’s era, Robert Gates. Sent a further surge of troops to Iraq, against the advice of many of his generals, while eying an escalation of the conflict into Iran and Syria. More scandals in 2007 would further sully his rule, and in the fall, he lost his architect, Karl Rove, as well as his Attorney General, Alberto Gonzalez to resignation, to further isolate his presidency. Gave a revealing series of interviews in “Dead Certain,” in which he admitted any expression of doubt would make him seem weak, while disclosing his desire to maintain America’s high-profile presence in Iraq for the rest of his administration, no matter the consequences, and leave its resolution to his successor. Later claimed to given up golf for the duration of the war, although was seen playing several months afterwards. Saw the economy weaken considerably in 2008, although throughout his ongoing travails, continued to feel he would be vindicated by his/story, only to be undercut by his former press secretary, Scott McClellan, in a bestseller, by the first of his longtime Texas inner circle to turn against him, as his lame duck status continued to make him more and more irrelevant, save on his pet issue of national insecurity. In what would be a final negative indictment of his presidency, the stock market tumbled precipitously during the last months of his administration, revealing the exploitative greed behind the trickle-down economic philosophy driving it. Remained a hidden and largely morose figure during the Republican electoral disaster in 2008 that saw the nation overwhelmingly reject both him and his party. Nevertheless, he was far more gracious and conciliatory in the transition than he ever was as president, while focusing on his legacy, rather than his ongoing job-at-hand. As the country staggered economically, he offered excuses and denials for his time in office, while showing little desire to act as anything other than a figurehead at the end of his co-presidency. On his final visit to Iraq, during a press conference, an Iraqi reporter threw his shoes at him, the supreme Arabic insult, in an ultimate valedictory from that country. At the end, he gave a defiant final press conference defending his administration, while showing a great need in his last round to congratulate himself on a heckuva job, before riding off into the sunset, leaving an unimaginable mess behind on virtually every front for his successor. Ironically on the day of his final public appearance, there would be a plane crash in NYC into the Hudson River, although miraculously none of the 155 passengers aboard were injured, thanks to the spontaneous reaction of the ordinary citizens around it, in an odd counterbalance to the twin disasters of his term of office, and the governmental foul-ups which followed them. Despite all, he signed a $7 million book deal, over his 12 biggest decisions, and has spent his post-presidency slowly trying to rehabilitate himself. “Decision Points,” an unrevealing rewrite of his public life produced by a team of helpers, came out in 2010, as a final whitewash of his White House stay. Opined in his promoting of it that the worst moment of his presidency came when he was called a racist by Kanye West, while totally ignoring the huge economic and martial fallout of his role as the decider. Garnered some $15 million in speaking fees in the first two and a half years of his postpresidency, while making himself quite absent from public scrutiny otherwise. In his copious free time, he took up painting as a sentimental realist, with dogs a favorite subject, showing a muted sense of color in his political portraits but a somewhat imaginative take on form. Later did surprisingly rich portraits of veterans, evincing a much deeper artistic sensibility in his semi-surreal renderings, which captured their pain Inaugurated his Presidential library on the campus of Southern Methodist Univ. in Dallas in the spring of 2013, with the four living ex-presidents in attendance, and Pres. Barack Obama as one of the speakers. The dedication largely glossed over his unpopular and highly destructive presidency, despite a surge in approval ratings that saw him edge up towards the 50% mark. In late 2014, a biography he wrote a book on his progenitor, “41: A Portrait of My Father,” was released. It was an affectionate rendering of his sire, who was the only chief executive in modern times who never penned an auto-biography. Defended his policies, along with his own, while glossing over the many rumors and canards surrounding some of the elder Bush’s highly questionable dealings. Following the Senate’s report on torture at year’s end, he claimed the CIA were patriots in their interrogation techniques, and any criticism of them was way off-base, despite issuing a statement in 2003 saying the U.S. was going to ban torture as an affront to human dignity everywhere. Since 2009, he has made upwards of $15 million giving speeches, sometimes for as much as $200,000 a pop, while shilling for questionable companies in his ongoing obtuse sense of social responsibility. In 2017, he published “Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors,” while presenting himself in his public utterances as a looser, warmer, self-deprecating person in his desire to rehabilitate himself, particularly in comparison with Donald Trump, whom he has called an out-and-out racist. Inner: Gregarious, unpretentious, with a great love of human contact, albeit little real feeling for anyone outside his family and close circle. Always had a great need to differentiate himself from his father, and surpass him. Self-confident, smug, highly competitive, forever mugging for cameras, albeit testy in private. Known for his clean-desk approach to work, little sense of his/story, although harbors a great desire to ultimately be seen as the defeating force of Islamic extremism. Evangelical in his beliefs, with a black’n’white view of the world. Never forgets a slight, sharp judge of people, always viewing them in terms of his basic duality, are you with him or against him. Prizes loyalty above all other traits, and loves routine and familiarity. Addictive personality, be it alcohol, drugs or God, with a sense of divine mission. Probably a believer in the Rapture, which sees no future for the damned, only the saved, who, in turn, will not have to deal with the problems they created. Very much interested in his/story’s judgment of him, and would love to be seen as someone who made big, bold decisions. Had a great desire to be a wartime president for just that reason. Ride ‘em Cowboy lifetime of rising from a secure family base to become a major political player on the American landscape, and, per his secret wish, a wartime commander-in-chief, while acting out his own lessons of illusions and realities on a giant, worldwide scale. Stuyvesant Fish (1851-1923) - American railroad executive. Outer: Father was Hamilton Fish (James Baker), privileged upbringing, educated at private schools. Older brother of Hamilton Fish (Jeb Bush), and younger sibling of Nicholas Fish (Condoleezza Rice). Entered Columbia College at 16, and became class president. After his graduation in 1871, he became a clerk. Appointed secretary to the president of the company, he worked as a banker for the next 5 years. In 1876, he married society leader Marion Graves Anthon (Barbara Bush), who maintained homes in Newport and NYC, as well as an estate in Putnam County. 3 sons and a daughter from the union. Made a director of the Illinois Central in 1877, and a decade later, rose to president of the company, serving in that capacity for 2 decades. Also a vice-president and director of the National Park Bank of NY for many years, and a trustee of the NY Life Insurance and Trust Company. Successfully expanded it, while a good part of the company was held by small investors. Because he took part in a state committee that investigated the Mutual Life Insurance Co. of NY, he antagonized powerful financiers who were allies of rival railroad magnate E.H. Harriman (Henry Ford II), and he was ousted from his position in 1906. Also president of the American Railway Association from 1904 to 1906. Spent the latter part of his life in retirement, and as an adjunct to his wife’s busy social schedule and charitable works. Lost her in 1915 to a cerebral hemorrhage. On the board of directors of the National Park Bank, he collapsed and died suddenly of heart disease, while stepping into their board room. Inner: Easy charm, good-natured, enthusiastic outdoorsman. His position was more through his influential family than any innate skills on his part. Railroads are symbol of communications and communication skills, and proved to be a requisite spur for many who would either continue in the business sphere in their next go-rounds, or enter the political and entertainment domains. Privileged lifetime of power politics in the business realm, proving himself adequate to the job in an expanding era, although ultimately no match for the heavyweights who coveted his position. Richard Morris (Richard Valentine Morris) (1768-1815) - American naval officer. Outer: Member of the multi-generational Morris family. One of 10 children, and youngest son of Lewis Morris (George Bush). Mother, Marry Walton Morris (Barbara Bush), was a member of a prominent shipbuilding family. Grew up in wealth and privilege, and was already an experienced seaman when he was given a captain’s commission in the navy in 1798. The year prior he married his cousin, Anne Walton, 3 children from the union, the eldest dying at the age of one. After gaining some naval experience, he was appointed in 1802 to command a squadron of ships attempting to blockade the port of Tripoli, and also to try to negotiate a peace that would end the Tripolitan War. Arrived in the Mediterranean with his own squadron of 5 vessels, but his fleet was still too small to effect his aims, and he was also forced to deal with hostility from Morocco, Algiers and Tunis. Lifted the blockade prematurely in 1803, after some losses by his fellow officers, while Morocco declared war over his refusal to grant certain concessions. Recalled and relieved of his command, he was brought before a court of inquiry, which found him, somewhat unjustly, to be insufficiently diligent in maintaining American prestige in the Mediterranean, and in 1804, he was dismissed from the navy. Wrote a pamphlet in defense of his actions and retired to his estate to lick his wounds, ultimately dying there. Inner: Probably over his head in the duties given him. Scapegoat lifetime of misjudgment and bearing the brunt of his young country’s first martial failure, necessitating a return at some future point for further engagements with the Muslim world to try to erase this blot from his ongoing escutcheon. James Craggs the Younger (1686-1721) - English politician. Outer: Father was James Craggs (George Bush), mother had been a maidservant in the Marlborough household. One of 6 children and the only son to survive infancy. Enjoyed a privileged upbringing, thanks to his sire's political connections and financial acumen, as well as his desire to found a dynasty through him. Traveled, and then entered Parliament in 1713. Had a swift political rise, due to his father’s influence, serving as secretary of war in 1717 and secretary of state the following year. Handsome and charming, but viewed by his political contemporaries as empty, although he was friends with the poet, Alexander Pope (Evelyn Waugh). Never married. Like his father, he became involved in the South Sea Bubble scandal, which brought down his progenitor’s financial house. Died of smallpox shortly thereafter, precipitating his sire’s subsequent suicide. Inner: Charmingly superficial, based his entire brief career on family connections. Brief bubble lifetime of tasting power through his progenitor, before being forced to pay the piper for his sire’s acquisitive actions, in his ongoing role as scion of different versions of the same rich and powerful family, looking to establish his own name in their wake. Edward Howard, 1st Baron Howard of Escrick (?-1675) - English Parliamentarian. Outer: 7th and youngest son of Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk (George H.W. Bush) by his 2nd wife. In 1623, he married Mary Butler, the daughter of a lord, 4 sons and a daughter from the union. Made a peer in 1628, and was one of 12 petitioning peers in 1640, during the period leading up to the English Civil War. After the abolition of the upper house in 1649, he represented Carlisle. The following year, he was made a member of the Council of State. Convicted of taking bribes from delinquents in 1651, but escaped imprisonment on a plea of ill-health to live out the rest of his life in obscurity. Inner: Corrupt lifetime of bringing shame to his house’s name, in his ongoing odd dance in the annals of power, where things never quite seem to work out the way he wants them to.


Storyline: The second son engages in the same questionable dealings as the rest of his family, and finds himself with the legacy of his peer and his predecessor blocking his ultimate ambitions, as well as curtailing his superior gifts.

Jeb Bush (John Ellis Bush) (1953) - American politician and businessman. Outer: Of British descent, with small amounts of German, Welsh, Irish and French, while connected to the the royal houses of Scotland, England, France and Russia. Parents were Pres. George and Barbara Bush. 2nd of 6 children, including brother George W. Bush. 6’4”. Graduated the Univ. of Texas, where he majored in Latin-American studies. Fluent in Spanish, he met his wife, Columba Gallo, a Latina, on a student-exchange program in Mexico. The duo were married in 1974, two sons and a daughter from the union, including the possibility of another political generation, in the person of his oldest, George Prescott Bush. Worked in banking in Houston, but felt he would be overshadowed by his father’s name and moved to Florida in the early 1980s. Established a real estate company in Miami and formed a partnership with a Cubano developer. President and CEO of the Codina Group, which were real estate developers, he became a millionaire. Defaulted on a 4.6 million loan, which led to his bank’s collapse. Repaid 1/8 of the debt, and the government made restitution for the rest. Dealt with a shady Colombian who ultimately went to jail for fraud. Also supplied “non-lethal” support to the Nicaraguan contras. From 1984 to 1987, he was chairman of the Dade County Republican Party. Discouraged by his father in running for Congress in 1987, instead he became Secretary of Commerce for Florida. In 1994, he ran an ultraconservative campaign for governor of Florida but lost by less than 2 % of the vote. Called himself a ‘head-banging’ conservative, with obvious emphasis on his potential caucasian constituency. In 1995, he converted to Catholicism, his wife’s religion, which he claimed made him more compassionate and allowed him to give his brand of conservatism a much more humane face. Became involved in a school for poor African-Americans while evincing a greater sense of humanity. In 1998, he was elected governor of Florida. Proved to be a competent chief executive, with an eye for detail and arcane law, although was embarrassed by his state’s confusing role in the election of his brother to the presidency in 2000. Code-named Tripper afterwards by the Secret Service. Ended affirmative action in the state’s school system and government, which caused a huge controversy, but proved himself a hands-on administrator and true to his conservative principles, with the help of a predominantly Republican legislature. Later embarrassed by his daughter Noelle’s arrest for drug prescription forgery, as well as an unproven charge of an adulterous affair with his appointed head of the Fla. Dept. of Management Services, although was able to win re-election, and remain popular throughout his second term, despite some gaffes. A favorite of conservatives, he repeatedly disavowed a future presidential run, while remaining an attractive figure to his potential larger national constituency. Following his second term, he started a small consulting firm, while running two foundations and giving speeches, and to his delight, seeing a lot of the legislation he proposed finally passed several years after retiring from the political trenches. Repeatedly denied interest in a Romney v-p slot in 2012 while also admitting that both his father and Ronald Reagan would have a hard time fitting into today’s radical GOP in preparation for a 2016 run himself, to reclaim his family name, as a far more moderate standard bearer of his askew party. In preparation, he quit all the boards he is on in late 2014, and in 2015, distanced himself from his father and brother, as well as the Iraq invasion, claiming to be his own man. In his first foreign policy address, however, he mixed up Iran with Iraq and inflated the ISIS number to 200,000 when in reality it is closer to 20,000. His misstatements and exaggerations were very redolent of his brother, despite claims otherwise. Lost weight in preparation for his run, as a host of alternatives to the right of him, announced their candidacies for the Republican nomination. His further acts of self-sabotage, including claiming that he, too, would have invaded Iraq indicate deep down, he probably harbors a lot of inner conflicts surrounding being president. Nevertheless, he announced his candidacy in June of 2015, and as a symbolic means of separating himself from his family, used “Jeb!” for campaign purposes, rather than linking it with his last name. Called for Americans to work longer hours afterwards to increase productivity, and hit a higher annual GDP growth rate, in his ongoing tone deaf relationship with working America. His poll numbers would put him behind several challengers, thanks in part to a need to rationalize his sibling’s Iraq policy, although he probably remains the choice of the hidden controlling elite, if not the Republican electorate-at-large. The object of continual contumely from early front-runner Donald Trump, he was forced to descend to his level in defending himself prior to the primaries, leaving him in shaky straights in the polls, with less and less viability as the pre-election season continued. Forced to cut back on staff and expenses despite huge early war chest, with many seeing his campaign in a death spiral. Remained in single digits in the pre-primary debates and fared poorly in the opening Iowa caucus in 2016, causing him to finally call it quits after further poor showings. Showed little enthusiasm for his campaign, and wound up spending nearly $120 million of the $150 million he had raised. Became a visiting fellow and guest instructor at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government afterwards, lecturing on education. Has a net worth of $1.3 million. Inner: Harbors ethical conflicts, as well as tunnel vision, although has been willing to change and compromise in order to make himself a more fully effective administrator. Private and highly political, albeit not a glad-hander like his sibling or a particularly effective speaker. Voracious newspaper reader and hand’s-on in all he does, feeling executive power can accomplish a lot. Second banana lifetime of trying to be a more compassionate and feeling executive, as a member of a longtime, albeit lesser, ruling family with numerous ethical problems of its own. Hamilton Fish II (1849-1936) - American politician. Outer: 3rd son of Hamilton Fish (James Baker), and younger brother of Nicholas (Condoleezza Rice) and Stuyvesant Fish (George W. Bush). Had a privileged upbringing in a multi-generational family of public servants. Went to private schools in the U.S., and Switzerland, then graduated from Columbia College in NYC in 1869. Served his Secretary of State sire as a private secretary, before graduating Columbia Law School and passing the bar in 1873. Entered politics the following year, as a Republican member of the NY state assembly, holding the same seat for the next 22 years, and serving as speaker for the last 2. Married, his son Hamilton Fish, the IVth in the line, became an ultraconservative politician. Served as a longtime Republican boss of Putnam County, during which time he was appointed asst. treasurer of the U.S. in NYC in 1903 by Teddy Roosevelt (Kathleen Kennedy), and also served one term in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1909, although he was defeated for re-election. Retired and returned to his local arena, feeling far more comfortable there. Died while on a visit to South Carolina. Inner: Big fish in a small pond lifetime of taking full advantage of family connections to etch an extremely modest career in the arena of state politics, while dealing with the pressures of being from a high profile family. Lewis R. Morris (Lewis Richard Morris) (1760-1825) - American politician. Outer: Father was Richard Morris (Dick Cheney). Grew up in wealth and privilege in a multi-generational family of political power. Had a common school education, then became an aide to Philip Schuyler (Robert McNamara). Saw action in the early part of the American revolution, and was assistant to the secretary of foreign affairs in the first 2 years after its conclusion. Married Mary Dwight, the daughter of writer and clergyman Timothy Dwight (Philip Berrigan) in 1786, but left her soon afterwards. His 2nd marriage was to Theodotia Olcott, the daughter of a minister. Later, married a third time to Ellen Hunt. Separated himself from his family dynamic by establishing a manor in Vermont in 1786, and becoming active in state politics. Served in the state assembly for numerous terms, and was its speaker for his first 2 terms there. Became a brigadier general of the militia in 1793 and was made a major-general in 1795, holding that post until 1817. Also held numerous other political posts. Had an undistinguished career in the U.S. House of Representatives, and through his non-voting helped give Thomas Jefferson the presidency. His was the last active generation of a longtime powerhouse family. Inner: End-of-the-dynasty lifetime of establishing his own separate identity, while carving a career built mostly on his family name.


Storyline: The die-hard dynasty founder returns four generations later to his own bloodline in order to open up his cramped character, after earlier creating precedents galore for his descendants around social service, secret dealings and power mongering at the highest levels of government and finance.

George P. Bush (George Prescott Garnica Bush) (1976) - American lawyer, politician and businessman. Outer: Of English and Mexican descent. Fifth generation member of the Bush political and financial dynasty. Father was Jeb Bush, prior to his own political career. Mother was Columba Gallo, a naturalized former Mexican citizen. Oldest of 3, with a younger brother and sister. At the age of 12, in 1988, he made a speech at the Republican National Convention, introducing his grandfather, George H.W. Bush. Also addressed the 1992 convention and later campaigned in his uncle, George W. Bush’s presidential campaigns and addressed the 2000 Republican convention. In 1994, he was suspected of stalking Cristina Cohen, an ex-girlfriend with whom he was obsessed, when he was stopped from crawling in through her bedroom window. Returned 20 minutes later and drove his car over her family’s lawn, doing considerable damage, although her father declined pressing charges, for fear of repercussions from the far more potent Bush clan. A month beforehand, his sire had lost his first try for Florida governor. No other blights would sully his otherwise clean record. Received his B.A. from Rice Univ. in his/story, and then taught the same subject for a year at a Miami high school, creating its first speech and debate program. Awarded his law degree from the Univ. of Texas Law school in 2003. 5’10”, dark and handsome. Clerked for a Texas district judge afterwards, and showed himself to be cut from the same conservative cloth as his father, uncle and grandfather. In 2004, he married Amanda Williams, whom he had met in law school, and both became practicing attorneys. One son from the union. Took a job with a law firm as a corporate securities attorney, then co-founded Pennybacker Capital, a private equity firm in 2007. Along with his wife, he also founded St. Augustine Partners LLC, an investment firm, which they both run Joined the U.S. Naval Reserve as an intelligence officer in 2007, and served eight months in Afghanistan, with his identity kept secret. Went on to chair two conservative political action committees dedicated to youth and Hispanic outreach for the Republican party, while also involving himself behind the scenes in Texas politics. Ran for Texas Land Commissioner in 2014, and won, inaugurating his political career, having satisfied his grandmother Barbara Bush’s dictum to succeed in other fields before entering the public arena. Became the first in his family to win at his maiden try for public office. Became the first in his family to win at his maiden try for public office, and the only one who asked his fellow Texas Republicans to support Donald Trump’s presidential bid. Inner: Highly materialistic with a pleasing public personality. Moderate in his political stances as a conservative, with his ambitions cloaked behind a projected sense of modesty. Try it again lifetime of entering into the same powerful dynastic bloodline he founded five generations earlier in order to take advantage of the political achievements that his descendants had carved out for themselves, while trying to open up his heretofore cramped character in the process. Samuel Prescott Bush (1863-1948) - American industrialist. Outer: Family claimed descent from the Plantagenet line of Henry III (Jacqueline Kennedy) of England. Father was a lawyer turned Episcopalian priest, who struggled with rationality and belief and was about to become a Unitarian when he died. Mother was from a distinguished Massachusetts family. Grew up on both the East and West coast. Rather than follow his sire into the ministry or go to Yale, he opted to study business at NJ’s Stevens Institute of Technology, where he played on one of the earliest college football teams. Apprenticed afterwards as a mechanic with a variety of railroad lines, before moving to Columbus Ohio. Married Flora Sheldon in 1894, whose ancestors were members of the royal households of Scotland, England, France and Russia. Four children from the close union, including Prescott Bush, a son who died at 4 and two daughters. Never particularly close with his oldest son, with his wife the primary focus of his heart. Became a Superintendent of Motive Power with a Milwaukee-based railroad line, before returning shortly after the turn of the century to Columbus to be General Manager of Buckeye Steel, a company that manufactured railway parts, and was owned by a brother of John D. Rockefeller (Ivan Boesky). When the latter retired, he became president, and, as such, was one of the leading industrialists of his day, working closely with the E.H. Harriman (Henry Ford II) family. Known for his community-mindedness as well as his business acumen, showing a paternal interest in his workers, many of whom were African-American. Spent 26 years heading the medium-sized steel company, overseeing its unprecedented output, thanks to his highly efficient management. Made chief of the Ordnance, Small Arms and Ammunition Section of the War Industries Board prior to the U.S. entry into WW I, despite no experience in that realm. This crew fronted for the big munitions makers of the day, and sold weaponry to anyone who had the money to pay for it, no matter their affiliation. Continued his relationship with the businessmen who had chosen him to be part of their colossally profitable war machine, while records of his arms-related activities were later burned, in order to “save space” in the national archives. Became the first president of the Ohio Manufacturers Association, as well as a country club cofounder, and served on the board of several banks. Lost his wife in 1920, when she was struck by a car while strolling with him. Profoundly lonely afterwards, since she was the love of his life. Later wed Martha Bell Carter, some 16 years his junior, who outlived him by two years. In 1931, at the height of the Depression, he was appointed to a committee on Unemployment Relief by Pres. Herbert Hoover (Marco Rubio). Ultimately lived out his long life quietly in retirement. Inner: Skilled carpenter and an avid sports fan. Austere and frugal, with the bottom line his ultimate interest. Harbored a sense of social obligation and operated on the premise ‘if you’ve got it, don’t flaunt it,’ which he passed down to his next two generations. Dualistic in his paternalism with his underlings, and his efficient management techniques, coupled with a colossal lack of larger social consciousness as a “merchant of death” of his time. Active Democrat, and friendly to organized labor, despite his ruling class sensibilities. Dynasty-creating lifetime of setting the standard of outer public service and inner questionable dealings for the generations to come of his descendants, as a hard-nosed exemplar of dubious ruling class ethics. Jonathan Fish (1728-1779) - Colonial American merchant. Outer: Of English descent, with roots all the way back in Saxon Germany. Father was a colonial captain and heir, who had considerable real estate holdings. Mother was his first wife. One of six children, including two brothers and three sisters. Married Elizabeth Sackett, the daughter of judge Joseph Sackett (Mike Golic) in 1750, two sons and a daughter from the union, including soldier and administrator Nicholas Fish (Prescott Bush). Together with his two brothers, he inherited a third of his father’s land, adding to his relatively high social standing. Became a NYC merchant before the American Revolution, and supported independence, as did many of the leaders of New York’s upper crust of the time. His business suffered during the hostilities, and probably never recovered, since his son and heir pursued a whole other pathway at war’s conclusion. After his wife’s death a year before his own, he wed Elizabeth Whitehead, only to die several months later. Inner: Undistinguished in any pursuit other than making money and providing his bloodline ballast for the far more noteworthy generations who succeeded him. Continuator lifetime of serving as a genetic link for a distinguished family in American his/story, without making any real mark on his own, other than passing his seed down to those far more gifted than himself.

Storyline: The enraptured reformer wishes to prepare the world for the inevitability of End Times and the Second Coming, as a governmental emissary of illuminated religionists intent on global dominion in the new world order to come.

cRick Perry (James Richard Perry) (1950) - American politician. Outer: From a fifth generation Texas family. Father was a Democrat, WW II tailgunner, tenant farmer, and county commissioner, as well as a school board member. One older sister. Raised a Methodist in a hardscrabble rural west Texas environment, with no indoor plumbing his first 5 years. An Eagle Scout as a youth, with deeply held religious beliefs, he went to a high school with only 13 students, and played 6-man football, while working the family farm. Attended Texas A&M Univ., where he was a fraternity member and a cheerleader, as well as a prankster. Despite being on academic probation, he eventually received a BA in animal science, with a largely undistinguished record, consisting mostly of gentleman C’s. Spent his summers as a door-to-door book salesman, honing his people skills. Commissioned in the Air Force afterwards, he flew C-130 tactical airlifts around the globe, and rose to the rank of captain, before mustering out at 27, and going into business with his father farming cotton, in lieu of following a call he felt for the ministry. In 1982, he married Anita Thigpen, an activist nurse, whom he had known since childhood. Son and daughter from the close union. Began his political career in 1984, as a Reagan Democrat, winning a seat in the Texas House of Representatives, and holding it for three terms, where he won recognition for his effectiveness. Supported Al Gore’s bid for the presidency in 1988, then moved to the Republican Party the following year when he saw no future as a Texas Democrat with his brand of conservatism. In 1990, he successfully challenged for Agricultural Commissioner, winning a second term by a large margin in 1994. In 1998, he was elected the state’s first Republican Lt. Governor since Reconstruction. Became Governor at the end of 2000, when George W. Bush resigned that post to become president. Despite a strong animosity with the Bush camp, they supported his reelection bid, so as to block the state house from falling into Democratic hands. In 2002, he was reelected, while setting a record for the number of vetoes he issued, 82, at the end of the legislative session just to let everyone know who was in charge. An extremely aggressive campaigner, he wound up winning every race he ever ran in the state, ten all told, before ultimately becoming the longest-serving governor in Texas history. Around this time, he became involved with the New Apostolic Reformation, a movement that feels Christians should rule the world, according to biblical precepts. Opposed a Texas state income tax, and lowered property taxes, although he supported an increase in the state franchise tax, which would serve as a faux state income tax. Continually plumped for job growth, although much of it would be minimum wage, while his brand of fiscal and social conservatism would continue to find favor with the voters, and he was reelected in 2006 and 2010. The laxity of Texas environmental and safety regulations would also induce businesses to move to the state. Although pro-education with billions spent on it, Texas would be near the bottom of the 50 states in standard testing, which wasn’t helped by Texas school board members rewriting his/story to conform to their anti-liberal view of it. Also a believer in intelligent design, which he feels should be taught alongside evolution. A disbeliever in global warming, while feeling business interests supersede all others when it comes to the environment. Less doctrinaire on immigration because of the huge Tex-Mex population, opposing the barriers being constructed throughout the Southwest borderlands. Continually traveling, drumming up business for the state, despite critics claiming his trips are purely for self-promotion. Has used federal stimulus money to balance the Texas budget, per state law, although each year in office, it has been more difficult to do so. A traditionalist, who sees constitutional abrogations everywhere, he is pro-gun and opposes same-sex marriage, as well as abortion, limiting late term procedures, as well as having abortionists show their perspective clientele sonograms of their unborn. In 2007, after its maker Merck donated huge sums to him, he issued an order mandating sixth grade girls get vaccinated against cervical cancer, before being forced to rescind the executive order. An ardent supporter of states rights, he played with the idea of Texas seceding, while standing firm against taxes and cutting wasteful spending. Held a revivalist prayer rally in Houston which some 30,000 attended, asking for Jesus to save America, then, as expected, he announced his bid for the presidency right afterwards, in the summer of 2011, immediately thrusting him to the forefront of the Republican field. Came out swinging against the Obama administration, while accusing the head of the Fed of treasonous behavior. Continued his aggressive stances, including declaring Social Security a Ponzi scheme, while maintaining his position as front-runner through the early primary debates. Succeeding gaffe-filled performances in Republican debates, including an epic memory lapse, diminished his star considerably, reducing him to the second tier of candidates even before the primaries began, and ultimately forcing him out of the race in January of 2012, with abysmal poll numbers. As a theocrat, with the backing of a number of similarly inclined pastors, he represents a whole other dimension to America’s religious life, and the role it might play in the future of the U.S. The author of two books, including “On My Honor,” in 2008, on his Boy Scout values, and “Fed Up!” in 2010, criticizing the income tax, and calling for limited federal government. Succeeding gaffe-filled performances in Republican debates, including an epic memory lapse, diminished his star considerably, reducing him to the second tier of candidates even before the primaries began. Thwarted in a special state session of Congress banning later term abortion ban by a fiibustering activist, only to try it again and succeed, while announcing in 2013 he wouldn’t see another term. Instead his continued posturing around abortion and illegal child immigrants his last year in office, showed him to be strongly interested in carrying the rightwing banner for his party’s presidential nomination in 2016. Had that wish temporarily quashed when he was indicted by a grand jury for abusing his powers of office, the first Texas chief executive in a century to be so charged, although nothing came of it. Announced his candidacy in June of 2015 as no. 11 in the Republican sweepstakes, having felt his earlier failure came from ignoring early states and not having the requisite foreign policy knowledge. Promised to roll back regulations and decrease taxes, while committing himself to a military build-up, and more tracking and drilling as his answer to Russian aggression. Became the first of the candidates shortly afterwards to suffer money problems and be unable to pay his staff, and soon after wound up dropping out of the race, while praising his opponents, calling them the best in a generation. Joined the cast of “Dancing with the Stars” in 2016, only to be the second celebrity contestant booted from the show. Nominated as Donald Trump’s Energy Secretary, thanks to a mixed record on wind energy, coupled with his ties with oil and gas industries and his desire to abolish the agency in 2011. Inner: Standard issue conservative, with a good instinct for pleasing his base, thanks to a consistency to his beliefs and political stances. Harbors a number of mannerisms redolent of George W. Bush, replete with a similar belief that Armageddon is right around the corner. Unlike him, however, he is self-made and a genuine populist. Man on a mission lifetime of hoping to be the elected apostle who brings government into the Dominion fold of Christian theocratic control. cHamilton Fish, Jr. (1873-1898) - American soldier. Outer: From a distinguished multigenerational family of achievers. Grandfather was his namesake, Hamilton Fish (James Baker), a Secretary of State and diplomat. Father was Nicholas Fish II (Condoleezza Rice), who became a diplomat, and his uncle was Stuyvesant Fish (George W. Bush), a railroad executive. Known as “Ham.” Handsome, athletic and physical, he was raised in wealth and privilege, and went to Columbia College. Played football, crewed, was on the track team, and served as class vice-president, before doing railroad surveying work in the southwest. Returned to NYC and joined Teddy Roosevelt’s (Kathleen Kennedy) Rough Riders at the outset of the Spanish-American War. A sergeant in a volunteer cavalry regiment, he was the first American killed in the Battle of La Guasimas, dying of a gunshot to the heart. Inner: Far more physical than cerebral, with a genuine taste for danger and excitement. Rough rider lifetime of going out in a blaze of glory, after spending the coin of his youth trying to live up to his vaunted name through adventurous undertakings, before returning in completely opposite socioeconomic circumstances in order to bring his gifts to full maturity.


Storyline: The stately secretary switches sexes, but retains her longtime familial sense of loyalty, while raising her game to the next level to the plaudits of some and the carping of others, in a nondiplomatic administration that forced her to stand up for herself.

Condoleezza Rice (1954) - American cabinet officer, college professor, business consult and think tank operative. Outer: Of African/American descent, with slave ancestors. Grew up in Titusville, a secure black enclave in Birmingham, Alabama. Named after an Italian musical term, meaning ‘sweetness.’ Only child of a high-school guidance counselor, to whom she was very close. He was also a Republican, since the Democratic Party did not register him to vote, and taught his daughter not to deny race, but not to be defined by it either. Raised a Presbyterian, and has always held religion as an extremely important element in her life. Prim and proper, even as a child, when she much preferred the company of adults to her peers. Groomed for greatness, she was always either studying or practicing the piano for hours. Could read music before she read words, taking piano lessons from the age of 3. In 1963, when she was 8, a Baptist Church was bombed while she was sitting in her own church, in an infamous incident where 4 young black girls were killed, one of them a schoolmate of hers, and suddenly the civil rights movement exploded right nearby, although it did not immediately affect her, despite her whole neighborhood suddenly being under direct threat. The family moved to Denver when she was 15, so her father could complete his education at the Univ. of Denver, which she entered the same year as a music major, with the lifelong desire to be a concert pianist. Met some fellow prodigies, however, and saw she was not in her league, thanks to her emotional detachment, so she switched over to studying about power, another longheld fascination of hers. Sped through the education system, thanks to a prestigious fellowship, while attracting noteworthy teachers to her, including the father of future secretary of state, Madeleine Albright. 5’ 6 1/2”, and slim. Graduated the Univ. of Denver at 19, and after getting a Master’s at Notre Dame, she got her Phd. in International Relations at her original alma mater, before joining the Stanford Faculty at 26, with an expertise in Soviet relations. Tapped by the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Colin Powell, to work for him at the Pentagon. By her late 30s, she was handling Russian affairs for George H.W. Bush’s administration, impressing everyone on her way up as respectful and astute, a team player to the core, who added immeasurably to whichever group she was with. By the time she hit 40, she had an oil tanker named after her, and was on the board of Chevron, as well the youngest-ever provost of Stanford Univ., having left the Bush administration in 1991 to take the post. Held that position from 1993 to 1999, although proved to have an oddly white male consciousness in the job, blocking the advancement of minorities and women as tenure rate fell for both, and less of their number was ultimately represented on the faculty. After attending a foreign policy seminar for Texas Gov. George W. Bush, in 1998, the two immediately saw the possibilities in one another, and she quickly became a member of his pre-election team, covered up for his foreign policy gaffes during the campaign, then following him to the White House as a close adviser, often being the first to see him in the morning, and the last at night. Never married, amidst speculation about her true orientation, but probably largely asexual, and wedded passionately to her career. Ignored threats of an imminent Al-Qaeda attack, although later denied it under oath. Recognized immediately after 9/11 that terrorism was a global affair. Although she faithfully followed the president’s hardline against terror, she privately sided with the more diplomatic Colin Powell, then Secretary of State, and found herself repeatedly blunted by the power duo of vice-president Dick Cheney, and Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. Always remained loyal, as National Security Adviser, even as the policies of the administration proved more and more faulty. Rewarded for her staunchness, by being made Secretary of State for the second Bush administration in 2004, and began putting far less of a bellicose imprint on the president’s second term, continually looking for diplomatic means to resolve world tensions, while remaining ever steadfast and loyal to the president, whom she has accidentally called, “my husband,” while remaining totally blind to his faults. Always gave him what he wanted to hear, rather than what he needed to know. Proved to be far more effective than her predecessor, thanks to an administration somewhat stunned by its failures and unpopularity, and willing to give her the leeway to act in accordance with her overall vision, trusting her abilities far more than they did Powell’s. Largely stuck in a thankless role, thanks to a recalcitrant administration that saw muscle as the answer to every problem, and diplomacy as a decidedly secondary solution. Able to sidestep hardliners because of her close bond with the president, although ran into a snag during the Israeli-Lebanon crisis of 2006, thanks to her desire to completely alter the dynamic of the Middle East, rather than employ stopgap cease-fires. With the fall of her rival Rumsfeld in late 2006, she suddenly became the target of administration criticism, tarnishing her carefully wrought image, as one of America’s most admired women, whose approval ratings always vastly outpointed those around her. After Cheney’s eclipse in early 2007, however, she was able to return to negotiation as a means of problem-solving, and impose her diplomatic will on a White House that had long viewed it as a sign of weakness, making deals with North Korea, and easing her way into a potential for the same with Iran. Following her run of office, she returned to teaching at Stanford and signed a $2.5 million contract with Crown to publish three memoirs, with the first a personal one centering on her family, and the second, “No Higher Honor,” published in 2011, the same year as all the other major players in the Bush administration, to have the last, albeit diplomatic, word on them, while giving cogent insight into their inner workings. The following annum, she formed a high power consulting group, RiceHadley Gates, with fellow member of the Bush inner circle geared towards international business. After nearly 80 years, she also became one of the first two females, along with South Carolina financier Darla Moore, to break the longtime gender barrier at Augusta National Golf Club and be accepted as a member in 2012. A member of several business boards, she remains a professor of Political Economy at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, while also serving as a Fellow on Public Policy at the conservative Hoover Institute. Forced to pull out as graduation speaker at Rutgers in 2014 when students protested her role in the Iraq invasion. In 2017, she was made head of committee for the NCAA that will investigate financial dealings with athletes. Has a net worth of $4 million.Inner: Chillingly disciplined, rises at 4:45 A.M. to work out and ends each day with a prayer. Very well socialized, moving from assertive to deferential and eager to calm, while always being, above all else, reassuring. Stubborn and loath to admit to mistakes. Decisive and impatient with intimates, but far more unobtrusive in the political realm. Never challenges superiors, quite the opposite with subordinates. Perfectionist, meticulous, optimistic and his/story obsessed. Prim and proper lifetime of combining deference and determination, in a unique, and so far successful, run through the highest halls of American power. Nicholas Fish II (1846-1902) - American diplomat. Outer: From a multi-generational powerful political family. Grandfather was Nicholas Fish (Prescott Bush). Eldest son of Hamilton Fish (James Baker), and brother of Stuyvesant Fish (George W. Bush, Jr.). Went to Columbia and then got his law degree at Harvard Law School. Married, with his son Hamilton Fish II (Rick Perry), dying in 1898 in the Spanish-American War as one of the first Rough Riders to fall. After practicing law in in NY, he entered the diplomatic service. Made second Secretary of Legation at Berlin in 1871, then Secretary 3 years later, while acting as charge d’affaires, in the continued absense of the delegation’s chief. Served in the same capacity in Switzerland from 1887 to 1881, and then was minister to Belgium from 1882 to 1886. Returned to NY the following and through the auspices of his brother, became a member of the banking firm Harriman & Co., while also serving as president of the NY branch of the Society of Cincinnati. Assaulted outside of a saloon and died of a fractured skull later in a hospital with his wife by his bedside without regaining consciousness. His attackers and the reason for it would remain a mystery. Inner: Higly competent, although probably harbored some crypto-violence via his forced premature exit. Prepatory lifetime of getting ready to move up to the next level through his/her longtime association with the same powerfhouse family, as one of its secondary, albeit extremely able members. Staats Long Morris (1728-1800) - American/English general and landholder. Outer: Grandfather was Lewis Morris (Prescott Bush), the first colonial governor of New Jersey. Father was the 2nd lord of the manor, giving him an upbringing of both wealth and privilege. Younger brother of Lewis Morris (George H.W. Bush), a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and older brother of Richard Morris (Dick Cheney), a judge. Half-brother of Gouvernor Morris (Joseph Kennedy, Jr.). Like his older sibling, studied at Yale, before joining the British army as a captain in 1756, going against family tradition and deciding to seek his fortune with England, rather than colonial America, like his siblings. The same year he married a widow, Catherine Gordon, the wife of the Duke of Gordon and daughter of a Scottish earl. No children from the union, although she had offspring with her first husband. Fought in India, while rising steadily in rank, ultimately becoming a full general by the end of his career. Took out a patent of 30,000 acres in upstate NY in 1769 and developed a settlement there, before the patent was reassigned to his brothers Lewis and Richard Morris (Dick Cheney), since he had served as a major-general in the British army during the Revolutionary War. In 1780, after his wife’s death, he wed Jane Urquart, who outlived him by a year. Inherited the family estate Morrisania, which he sold to Gouvernor Morris in 1787. Moved to England after divesting himself of his American holdings, and became a Member of Parliament. Buried in an unmarked grave in Westminster Abbey. Inner: British loyalist with far more of an identification for the old country then the colonies, and ultimately finishing his career across the Atlantic. Loyalist lifetime of running counter to his family’s wealth and position in the new world, to create his own career in the military of the mother country, and remaining loyal to it, even after its defeat by the upstart colonists.


Storyline: The former nettlesome namesake switches modes from the pure power realm of finance to his secondary love of sports, showing the same flamboyant instinct for grabbing attention as he did in the less visible arenas of his earlier go-rounds.

Mike Golic (Michael Louis Golic, Sr.) (1962) - American media figure and sports analyst. Outer: Of Slovenian descent. Father had a seven year career in the Canadian football league, before becoming a union brick mason. The middle of three brothers, all of whom played football for Notre Dame. Older sibling Bob went on to fashion a professional football career as a defensive lineman, before going into acting and radio work. Grew up in working-class environment in a suburb of Cleveland, then went to a a private Catholic high school in the city, where he was on the football team, then followed his brother to Notre Dame. Played defensive lineman for the Fighting Irish and majored in finance and management. 6’5”, with a playing weight of 275 lbs. Captained the team in his senior year, and like his brother, he also was on the wrestling squad. His youngest sibling also played football at Notre Dame, which would absorb the third generation of Golics, as well. A late round draftee for the Houston Oilers in 1985, he went on to a nine year career, playing defensive tackle for Houston, Philadelphia and Miami. In 1987 he married Christine Hansen, two sons and a daughter from the union, with all three continuing family tradition by playing for Notre Dame. His two sons are football players while his daughter is a swimmer. Following his athletic career, he joined ESPN in 1995 as a reporter and game analyst for their Sunday show. Worked as a color commentator for the Arena football league during two stints, while doing the Jacksonville Jaguars pre-season games from 1995 to 1998. Returned to ESPN, as well as ABC, as a college football analyst, and has been a fairly ubiquitous presence on the small screen and sports radio with various venues ever since, including his best known venue, “Mike and Mike in the Morning,” with co-host Mike Greenberg, a sportswriter, which was inaugurated in 2005, and features the biggest sports topics of the day. Both often have completely opposite takes on the stories they cover, which has made for the show’s popularity. Nationally syndicated, it is broadcast on both radio and TV, making him one of the best known sports personalities of the post-millennium. Ballooned up to nearly 300 pounds, before he discovered he had Type 2 diabetes, like his father had. Began monitoring his diet so as to drop down to 260 pounds, and has adhered to a strict regimen keeping the affliction in check, while serving as a spokesman for the website and outreach program, “Blood Sugar Basics.” In 2010, he co-published, “Mike and Mike’s Rules for Sports and Life with his co-host. Three years later, the show’s title was shortened to just plain, “Mike and Mike.” in 2014, he posed nude from the back in fine exhibitionistic fashion with a strategically placed bow in a take-off on the well-oiled derriere of voluptuous Kim Kardashian, after losing a wager with his co-host on the outcome of a game between their alma maters. In late 2017, he ended his partnership with Mike Greenberg, and began a new one with Trey Wingo on ESPN in the early mornings. Had an estimated net worth of $9m. Inner: Cheerful, good-humored and upbeat, with a sense of social responsibility. Revamped lifetime of switching venues from the financial arena to his second love, the sporting world, while coming in via working-class roots in order to better accommodate his outgoing, earthy personality and desire to be a well-loved public figure. George Herbert Walker (1875-1953) - American banker and sportsman. Outer: Of Scottish descent. From a family of former Maryland slave owners. Youngest son of a dry goods merchant, who ultimately established a leading wholesale company, which was absorbed by Burlington Industries. His parents originally wanted him to be a priest. Raised a Catholic, he went to a Jesuit boarding school in Lancashire, England, where he rebelled, showing a distinct distaste for the religion of his birth. Graduated from Washington Univ. in St. Louis in 1897, and in 1902, he and his father built mansions on a property they owned in Kennebunkpot, Maine. Very physical, a Missouri heavyweight boxing champion, who would later pummel his sons to toughen them up. Started his own banking and investment firm three years later, taking advantage of family contacts and also helped organize the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Active behind the scenes in the local Democratic Party, as well. Earlier, in 1899, he married Lucretia Wear, the Protestant daughter of a successful St. louis mercantile merchant and the duo had four sons and two daughters. His parents were so upset they did not attend the wedding. Father-in-law of fellow banker Prescott Bush via his daughter Dorothy, who felt compelled to teach her children not to be like him. A continually unfaithful husband, as well as a braggart and boorish materialist, he also had a fair amount of charm, and was well-liked by many, despite his egregious character flaws, although Prescott Bush despised everything he stood for. In 1919, he helped form W.A. Harriman & Co., an investment firm, and used their vast assets to create a line of credit to immediately make them a solid concern. Served as their first president, before being pushed out in 1927. Formed his own eponymous firm afterwards, leaving his son-in-law Prescott as one of the senior partners of the previous concern. Foresaw the coming Depression, and sold his stocks short, becoming one of the few financiers that benefited from the 1929 Crash. Served as company director for a variety of enterprises, making him extremely wealthy, while operating on the dictum, “If you’ve got it, flaunt it.” Had numerous servants, a yacht and a private train, among his many possessions. A keen sports enthusiast, with a special interest in golf, he became president of the US Golf Association in 1920, and had the Walker Cup named after him, a biennial contest between the best amateurs of the U.S. and the U.K.. Along with Harriman he co-headed the syndicate which rebuilt Madison Square Garden in NYC and the Belmont Race Track on Long Island. When he died of cancer, his son purchased Kennebunkpot from his estate, since it was not willed to him, although he eventually lost it to the Bushes, who made it their summer compound and presidential retreat. Inner: Loud, aggressive and very much an accumulator, evincing a sure hand in the financial arena. Lived grandly with several residences and a 10,000 acre hunting preserve in South Carolina. Loved to gamble and drink Scotch, while inspiring fear and awe among his progeny rather than love. Ultimately felt far more of a connection to the Bushes than his own crew, and they, in turn, from George H.W. Bush on down, adored him. Deep pockets lifetime of giving play to his brash persona as an important formative influence on a dynastic family that would come to be a force in late 20th and early 21st century American and global politics. Joseph Sackett (1680-1755) - Colonial American judge and entrepreneur. Outer: Second son of a captain of Long Island troops, who held numerous land grants, as well as public commission offices. Grew up in relative comfortable circumstances, and lived for the greater part of his life in the Long island community where he was born. Married Hannah Alsop in 1706, 6 sons and 4 daughters from the union, outliving one from the first group and two from the latter, who all died the year before his won demise. Father-in-law of administrator and soldier Nicholas Fish (Prescott Bush) via his daughter Elizabeth. Became a justice of the peace, and was active in both his Presbyterian Church as well as in public affairs of the time, with a need to be seen as an important, influential person. On his sire’s death in 1719, he accrued even more to his acreage wealth. In 1724, he and his brother-in-law purchased land on the Hudson River that they turned into a substantial wharf for a sloop and ferry line, which carried both livestock and humans from NYC, as the first of its kind. Continued adding to his holdings, evincing a great need to constantly accumulate, as well as bestow upon his sons his prudent investments so as to insure his genetic line of both wealth and power. Made a judge in 1749, as a top-off to his career, and died six years later. Inner: Had the reputation of a man of rectitude, while no record exists of his inner life or any sign of wanton behavior. Highly acquisitive lifetime of building on what was given him by the fortuitous circumstances of his birth, as a figure of his time, rather than the ages, very much imbued with accumulations from the material sphere, as reflection of his sense of personal poer and accomplishment.

Storyline: The behind-the-scenes bureaucrat gets along by going along and not ruffling feathers, rising through the ranks through chumminess rather than charisma, and proving himself adequate, if not inspiring, in his repeat personal drive to be at the center of American power, from a hidden vantage-point, only to dip deep into his darkside once there.

Dick Cheney (Richard Bruce Cheney) (1941) - American politician. Outer: Of English, Irish and Welsh ancestry. Father was a soil-conservation agent for the Dept. of Agriculture, and a New Deal Democrat. One of 3 children. Grew up in Casper, Wyoming, where he was co-captain of his football team and senior class president. Went to Yale Univ. on scholarship, but was out of his element there, and was forced to leave because of poor grades. Became a high voltage telephone lineman, and picked up 2 DWIs, while remaining largely unfocused on his life. His future wife and high school classmate, state-champion baton-twirler Lynne Vincent, however, insisted he make something of himself if he wanted a life with her, and he wound up getting his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from the Univ. of Wyoming. In 1964, he married LV, who went on to forge a noticeable career on her own as a conservative educational ideologue, 2 daughters from the union, Mary, who would go against the perceived ‘normal’ sexual grain, and Liz, a highly vocal activist. Both did doctoral work at the Univ. of Wisconsin, but only his wife received her advanced degree, and all 3 members of his family would become his closest advisors. Able to avoid the Vietnam War through his ongoing status as a student with 5 deferments. Came to Washington on a congressional fellowship in 1968, and wound up working under a key Richard Nixon aide, Donald Rumsfeld. Became deputy to the latter when he was named Gerald Ford’s chief of staff, then succeeded him in 1975, becoming a key Washington player at 34, despite being a total electoral unknown. Returned to Wyoming on Ford’s subsequent defeat the following year, and after suffering his first heart attack at 37, began his own public political career in 1978 as a U.S. congressman for the next 12 years, easily winning all his subsequent elections, despite having little facility as a politician, benefiting, instead, from being from a sparsely populated and strongly Republican state. Established an extremely conservative voting record, while his affability ingratiated him into his party hierarchy, allowing him to become minority whip in 1988. Became Secretary of Defense for George H.W. Bush in 1989, showing himself to be unflappable during a period when the Pentagon budget sank, as did military morale, while his coalition building was central to the brief TV-fought Gulf War in 1991. Also began the process of privatizing some aspects of the military, which would come to full flower during his later vice-presidency. After Bush’s defeat for reelection in 1992 by Bill Clinton, he entered the private sector as chairman and CEO of a Dallas-based engineering and construction company for oil companies because of his international connections, although at the same time, he also began fashioning, along with Paul Wolfowitz and others, a war plan for taking over Iraq’s oil, and establishing American supremacy throughout the world. Reaped some $40 million in salary and stock options for 5 years on the job, despite his total lack of knowledge of the petroleum business when tapped for the position and the precipitous decline of its stock by the end of his tenure because of an ill-advised merger, and began getting an overinflated sense of his power. Thought about running for the presidency in 1996, then was tapped by George W. Bush as his running mate in 2000, after first being asked to oversee the choices for that role. Suffered a 4th heart attack during the campaign, while subtly underscoring the real force behind the younger Bush’s presidency, and its lack of heart. Also suffered from gout. In both 1994 and 2000, he announced the folly of going after Saddam Hussein, correctly assessing exactly what would happen if America did, although he was just voicing the political sentiments of the time, since he had every intention of toppling him. Subsequently viewed as prime minister to Bush’s boy king, becoming the most active vice-president in the country’s his/story, and, in essence, co-president, while secretly serving the hidden ruling elite as their political pointman. Code-named Angler by the Secret Service. Convened a secret energy task force, in his pursuit of Iraqi black gold, awaiting the proverbial smoking gun for the go-ahead, which came on 9/11/2001, with the destruction of NY’s twin financial towers. Largely went into hiding to supplement his war plans, while serving as the substance behind the surface of Bush, in his aggressive orchestration of response to the attack, while continually making a public case for the connection between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, despite no proof of such a link. Seen by some as a prime co-conspirator in the tragedy, with the U.S., along with Israel and Saudi Arabia as its true perpetrators. Announced that America would have to “work the dark side,” in response to terrorism, and held to his word, while continually obsessing about doomsday scenarios. His actual strategy was frontloading the Middle East and Central Asia with as many military bases as possible, in order to insure a steady supply of oil to the U.S. in the wake of a far more competitive world for that precious resource. In addition, he oversaw the privatization of the government, and made secrecy standard policy, in his expansion of executive powers at the expense of American democracy. Became ever more the zealot in going after Hussein, and a prime force in invading Iraq in 2003, all the while issuing false rationales by the score for its failed aftermath, although later admitted the governance of the country should have been left up to the Iraqis. Once there, never intended on leaving, building huge billion dollar bases for the long run. Also came under fire for his close connections with Enron, a thoroughly discredited energy company which had dictated energy policy, as well as the government awarding huge contracts to Halliburton, in the rebuilding of Iraq. Increasingly seen as a tunnel vision puppetmaster, and the apotheosis of self-interest disguised as national security, but, nevertheless, handily won a second term with Bush in 2004, while successfully pushing a policy of permanent war on the American public. During the Hurricane Katrina aftermath in 2005, he suffered aneurysms behind both knees for which he was operated on, after touring devastated New Orleans in a gas-guzzling humvee, in his ongoing disdain for conservation of energy, while, ironically, at the same time, buying a 2nd multimillion dollar home, just as the hurricane was rendering thousands homeless. Saw his chief of staff, I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, indicted afterwards for leaking the name of a covert CIA agent, but remained adamant in his steely certainty that his policies had America’s best interests at heart. In early 2006, he accidentally shot a former member of the Texas Board of Corrections in the face with birdshot, then did a public mea culpa, in a symbolic display of shoot first, cover-up, and then finally take responsibility for your actions, his ongoing modus operandi. His approval rating sank to 18% afterwards. As a coda to the drubbing his party took in the 2006 mid-term election, his gay daughter announced she was pregnant, as a final slap to his natural constituency, and their unnatural inclinations to turn on their own. 2007 would see a distant assassination attempt by the Taliban while visiting Afghanistan, and then a blood clot on his lower left leg from too many frequent flyer miles, just before his former chief of staff, Libby was found guilty on 4 of 5 counts of perjury and obstruction of justice, in the fallout over disinformation surrounding the buildup to the Iraqi War, although he would later have his sentence commuted by the president. Continually pushing for attacking Iran, although found himself outflanked by Condoleezza Rice, thanks to the failures of his policies, and the ongoing loss of influence of his hardline faction within the White House. Further besmirched his standing by declaring his office beyond the reach of conventional presidential laws, in an effort to avoid any close scrutiny of its documents. Remained defiantly protective of his legacy til the end of his co-presidency, while his relations with George Bush became more and more strained, particularly after the latter refused to pardon Libby. Pulled a muscle in his back while moving, and was forced to attend the inauguration of his successor in a wheelchair. Backs are always about support, adding a curious symbolic element to the end of one unsupported administration, and the beginning of its replacement. Became a harsh critic of Obama’s foreign policy afterwards, while trying to cement his reputation as an unflaggingly vigilant protector of America during his run of office. In early 2010, he suffered his fifth heart attack, albeit a mild one, then had a small pump installed in major surgery to stem his increasing heart failure. The result would leave him pulseless, while also occasioning a considerable weight loss. Published his unapologetic memoirs, “In My Time,” in 2011, feeling totally justified in all the decisions he made, while getting in numerous digs at his critics. After waiting over 20 months, had a successful heart transplant in 2012, in his ongoing self-resurrection. Saw his daughter Liz make an extremely clumsy run for Wyoming senator, including public tiffs with her gay sister, before withdrawing from the race. Railed against Obama’s lack of response to an Iraqi insurgency in 2014, despite having created the precise dynamic to destabilize the country. Viewed by many as the primary force behind America’s fall from grace on the world stage, while seen by others as a true patriot, saving the country from the shadowy forces of terrorism. When the Senate came out with a report on the CIA’s use of torture, remained consistent in his views that any and all means they used were justified. Probably will not be viewed kindly by later his/storians of the period. Inner: Affable on the exterior, steely on the interior, low-key, stoic and loyal, with a conservative agenda, and the ability to get things done. Monotonic speechmaker, but more and more the crusading zealot as events unfolded on the “war on terror.” Probably heavily influenced by his wife, who played an extremely important, albeit hidden, role in the Bush administration, making them the crypto-power couple of the 00s. Harbors a facility for not being there, disappearing into his own thoughts, putting him at a remove from all realities other than his own, even with his own family. His heart vulnerability indicates a far different and more wounded interior than the stoic public image he projects. Electric lineman lifetime of garnering unprecedented power by serving the needs of the planet’s hidden elite, only to be at such a remove from the realities around him, as to endanger the entire world with his failings of judgment and his inability to operate within ordinary lines of communication. James Sherman (James Schoolcraft Sherman) (1855-1912) - American vice-president. Outer: From a 7th generation Massachusetts family. His grandfather became wealthy as a glass manufacturer, while his father was a newspaper editor and Democratic holder of several appointed offices. His mother’s maiden name was also Sherman, while he was a distant relative of Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman (Vo Nguyen Giap). Educated at Whitestone Seminary, then Hamilton College, where he was only an average student but won debating honors, and proved quite popular with his classmates for his affable nature. Stocky, nearly 200 lbs., limiting his mobility, despite a great love of sports. Got an A.B. in 1878, and his law degree the following year. After passing the bar, he entered the law firm of his brother-in-law in 1880, and the following year he married Carrie Babcock (Lynne Cheney), a childhood friend of his and the daughter of a prominent lawyer, 3 sons from the union, all of whom became successful businessmen. Practiced in Utica, with businessmen as his primary clients, while involving himself in Republican politics, contrary to his sire’s political affiliation and advice. Practiced in Utica, with businessmen as his primary clients, while involving himself in Republican politics, contrary to his sire’s political affiliation. Elected mayor of normally Democratic Utica in 1884, and, although a nondescript politician, he had the state’s political machinery behind him and went on to serve 10 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives between 1887 and 1909, voting according to party lines. Known as “Smiling Jim,” for his glad-handing affability and ease with people. Loyal to his cohorts in Congress and an accomplished parliamentarian, he ultimately became chairman of the House Committee on Indian Affairs, although was accused of corruption in diverting campaign funds for his own re-election and setting up dummy corporations to exploit Indian lands, despite showing an overt sympathy to Amerindians. While serving, he became president of his family-owned New Hartford Canning Company after his father’s death in 1895, and also organized and ran the Utica Trust and Deposit Company, starting at century’s turn. Played a pivotal role in Republican party politics, and actively sought the vice-presidential nomination under William Howard Taft (Bill Clinton) in 1908, as a non-threatening subordinate. Suffered a kidney ailment, a symbol of an inner sense of impurity, and was diagnosed with Bright’s disease, as well, after the two were elected. Suffered a kidney ailment, a symbol of an inner sense of impurity, and was diagnosed with Bright’s disease, as well, after the two were elected, which had made him somewhat reluctant to accept the office. Able to execute his duties, but the re-election campaign in 1912 overtaxed him, and he died of uremia less than a week before the Republicans were defeated by Woodrow Wilson (Michael Eric Dyson). Inner: Good social graces, loyal and competent, without any real spark. His ability to get along was his greatest asset, while evincing strong self-interest in his manipulation of his position for his own personal gain. Affable lifetime of employing his greatest asset, his sociality, to best possible advantage, and rising as far as he could possibly go with it, while showing an equal affinity for corruption and misuse of public trust. Richard Morris (1730-1810) - American justice. Outer: 3rd son of Lewis Morris, 2nd lord of the manor of Morrisiania, and younger brother of Lewis Morris (George H.W. Bush), and Staats Long Morris (Condoleezza Rice). Half-brother of Gouvernor Morris (Joseph Kennedy, Jr.). Enjoyed an upbringing of wealth and prestige, in his multi-generational powerhouse of a colonial family. Graduated from Yale College, and followed family tradition, reading the law. Admitted to the bar in 1752, he gained a reputation for his legal learning. Married Sarah Ludlow in 1759, and had 3 children, including Lewis Richard Morris (Jeb Bush). Followed the same path as his father and became a judge of the vice admiralty court in 1762. Tried to resign in 1775, but was told to stay until the political disturbances of the Revolution passed. Turned down the provisional government’s desire that he be the first judge of the new high court of the admiralty in 1776. In 1779, he was appointed chief justice of the New York state supreme court, where he showed little enthusiasm for the Revolutionary cause, but did his duties competently. Served inconspicuously in the NY state upper house from 1778 to 1780. Deliberately missed the final vote on the ratification of the Constitution. Retired in 1790, and spent his last 2 decades as a country gentleman on his estate in Scarsdale. Inner: Dignified, portly and knowledgeable aristocrat who was a loyal Federalist, but showed little flair for politics and was unoriginal in all he did. Far more into the past than his revolutionary present. Like father like son lifetime of allowing his strong heritage to mold and create him in the projected image of his ancestors, while all around him the world was crying for revolution from the past.


Storyline: The formidable double first second lady uses her highly public life as a platform to champion a well-rounded education that focuses on the what of his/story and the humanities, rather than their whys, while serving as the brains behind the brawn of her husband’s vice-presidential policies.

Lynne Cheney (Lynne Vincent) (1941) - American political helpmate, author, lecturer and scholar. Outer: Descended from Mormon pioneers. Of English, Irish, Welsh and Scandinavian stock. Mother became a deputy sheriff, while her father was a reclamation bureau worker. One of two children, with a brother, and raised a Presbyterian. Her future husband, Dick Cheney, whom she met at 14, lobbied for votes for her for high school homecoming queen and she won. 5’2’. An excellent student, with a lifelong love of history, she received a BA in English from Colorado College, graduating with high honors, and later an MA from the Univ. of Colorado, followed by a Phd in 19th century British literature from the Univ. of Wisconsin, in contrast to her husband who dropped out of Yale after a semester, and was floundering as an electric lineman, while also arrested twice for DUI. Demanded he get his life together before she would even think of marrying him, and he did, returning to school to get his degree. On their marriage in 1964, she became a Methodist. Two daughters from the close union, including Mary, a lesbian activist, whom she always supported, and Liz, a rabid neoconservative office seeker who ruffled far too many feathers to ever get elected as such. A voracious reader with an affinity for mysteries and thrillers as well as 19th century novelists such as the Brontes and Charles Dickens (Richard Burton). Worked as a freelance writer form 1970-1983, churning out a host of material, including articles for “Washingtonian” magazine, while serving as a lecturer in English at Geo. Washington Univ. in D.C. from 1974 to 1976, during which time her husband suffered the first of 5 heart attacks. Began penning novels in 1979, although her novelistic work was more noted as the product of a Washington insider than any literary merit of their own. Did research and editorial work in the early 1980s, before being appointed head of the National Endowment of the Humanities, a post she held from 1986 to 1993, taking strong stands on controversial public issues, while being extremely critical of the educational philosophies running major institutions, where the what of facts were viewed as secondary to the why of reasons behind his/storical trends. Also refused to fund anything that contained obscene, to her eye, materials. Held other posts as well as founding the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a conservative think tank addressing educational issues, before becoming Second Lady when her husband was appointed vice-president in 2000 by George W. Bush. Prior to her spouse’s powerful posting, in 1995, she penned “Telling the Truth: Why Our Schools, Our Culture, and Our Country Have Stopped Making Sense and What We Can Do about it,” decrying relativist and politically correct thinking as inimical to real education. Gave up her position on Lockheed Corp’s board of directors on her husband’s appointment, and enthusiastically threw herself into Washington politics. Maintained her high profile, defending her husband’s highly controversial run of office as his most trusted adviser, and to many, the brains behind him, as one/half of the capital’s most potent power couple. Codenamed “Author” by the Secret Service. While the duo waged violent warfare in various world theaters, she spoke out against violent and sexually explicit lyrics in popular music, as well as video game makers for similarly riling the sensibilities of America’s youth. Turned down the chance to fill a vacant Wyoming Senate seat in 2007, preferring to continue as a writer and lecturer, producing a biography of Pres. James Madison (Michael Eric Dyson) as her ideal of a stalwart politician who clung to his ideals, including small government. Forced to stand aside in 2013 when the public feud between her straight and lesbian daughters erupted around the failed try of the former for nomination for Wyoming senator. Claimed afterwards that the rifts were healed, as she and her husband retreated to their home state, while still giving public voice to their assessments of world doings. Inner: Highly cerebral, and equally opinionated, with no hesitation about expressing herself. Deeply bothered by the rampant density of the average college student to all that has transpired in American his/story and world humanities, with a demand for at least 50 core hours of courses to give them a sense of education. To some, the power behind the power behind the empty throne of the Bush-Cheney administration. Woman on a mission lifetime of trying to upgrade the woeful, to her, level of ignorance of the average American student, while fiercely defending her husband and his questionable policies as a champion of violence in the theater of war but not in the realm of creative musical and gamer expression. Carrie Babcock Sherman (1856-1931) - American political helpmate. Outer: Father was a prominent lawyer. Knew her future husband, James Schoolcraft Sherman (Dick Cheney), from childhood, since the two were born only three weeks apart. The duo were married in 1856 and had three sons, all of whom had successful business careers. Short and prematurely gray, with gentle manners, and a solicitous nature, even to her house servants. When her husband was elected vice-president in 1909, she was the first second lady to accompany him on the inaugural parade grounds. During his term of office she was active in founding the Congressional Club for senators’ and representatives’ spouses. Shared her husband’s conservative views, and was extremely dismayed at his premature death in 1912, just before the presidential election that year. Her final near three decades are ill-recorded. Inner: Quite Victorian, with a regal sense about her. Helpmate lifetime of learning the ways of American national politics before returning in much more aggressive form, to carve her own unique niche in activist conservative circles as a second lady with a primary agenda all her own.


Storyline: The colorless problem-solver serves as a political mr. fix-it for his longterm crew, without evincing a shred of the charisma it would take to get him to centerstage, and out from under the mixed talents and taints of his karmic family.

James Baker (James Addison Baker 3rd) (1930) - American cabinet officer. Outer: 4th generation Texas lawyer. His grandfather, ‘the Captain,’ helped turn Houston into an oil citadel. His family was largely apolitical and pragmatic, viewing business and money as their end-all. His father was known as the ‘Warden’ to the family and would occasionally get him out of bed in the morning by dousing him in cold water, while teaching him the 5 P’s, “Prior preparation prevents poor performance,” while his mother was from a prominent oil family. Went to a Pennsylvania prep school, then matriculated at Princeton Univ., where he was a classic major, writing his senior thesis on the post-WW II British Labor party. Spent 2 years in the Marine Corps, then got his law degree from the Univ. of Texas. Nominally a Democrat, he showed a facility for making money through shrewd investment, and as head of a real estate firm and a brokerage house. Married Mary McHenry, an active Republican, in 1953, 4 sons from union. Began practicing law as a high-powered corporate attorney for a Houston law firm. Met George H.W. Bush on the tennis court when his wife campaigned for him. After his wife died from leukemia in 1970, he became active in politics as county chairman at the suggestion of Bush to ease the pain of the loss. Ran Bush’s first Senate campaign in 1970, switching from Democrat to Republican. Although his candidate lost, he evinced excellent organizational ability, and became Texas state Republican finance chairman. Remarried Susan Garrett Winston, one of his wife’s closest friends, and the daughter of a rancher, in 1973, 1 daughter and 3 stepchildren from union. Appointed undersecretary of Commerce for Gerald Ford in 1975 and the following year, he managed his losing presidential re-election bid, although was credited with making the election closer than it should have been through his tactics. Rejoined his law firm in 1977, but remained active in politics. The following year, he made an unsuccessful run for Texas attorney general, then managed George Bush’s equally thwarted bid for the Republican presidential primary in 1980, before persuading him to step aside for Ronald Reagan’s juggernaut and accept the vice-presidential nomination. Became senior adviser to the Reagan campaign team, then served Reagan as White House chief-of-staff during his first term, proving a steadying influence and a good bridge with Congress through his organizational abilities, although serving as bete noir for the hard right for putting pragmatism over conservative principle. For his 2nd term, he became Secretary of Treasury, where he was far more effective in the international, rather than the domestic arena, before leaving the post in 1988 to manage Bush’s successful presidential campaign. On the latter’s election, which was based on relentless attacks on his opponent, rather than any clear-cut political vision, he was appointed Secretary of State, where he had a mixed record, facilitating the break-up of communism in Eastern Europe, but also showing poor judgment in guaranteeing loans to Iraq, which were used to support its nuclear weapons program. Resigned that position in 1992 to become Bush’s chief of staff and manage his losing re-election campaign, for which he was largely blamed. Extremely bitter about the second loss, he returned to his law practice, with the Washington law firm of Baker and Botts, which had been founded by his grandfather. Harbored his own presidential ambitions, although ultimately decided not to run on his own. Viewed by Bush as “my little brother,” although in his later presidential memoirs, was given little credit for his tenure as Secretary of State. Joined a Texas-based international law firm, and returned to the public eye as consigliere for George W. Bush, during his contested manipulations around the pivotal Florida vote in the 2000 election, and then served as an envoy to help clean up the international financial disarray created by his Iraqi invasion. Wrote his autobiography, “Work Hard, Study....and Keep Out of Politics,” in 2006, and the same year was made co-chair of the Iraqi Study Group, after asking Bush permission. The group’s refutations of the administration’s strategy, and pragmatic alternatives, would be largely rejected by the White House and earn him the label of ‘surrender monkey,’ by the hard right, in their ongoing disdain of him. Drew further criticism from the same quarter in 2015, when he faulted the “diplomatic missteps and political gamesmanship” surrounding Benjamin Netanyahu, in lieu of the blind loyalty they demand to all things Israeli. Inner: Colorless but competent manager. Workaholic, with few political convictions, preferring pragmatism to principle. Functionary lifetime of bringing his bureaucratic skills to bear on a national level, although without any unifying vision behind his passionless competency. Hamilton Fish (1808-1893) - American politician and diplomat. Outer: Son of Nicholas Fish (Prescott Bush). Named for his father’s close friend, Alexander Hamilton (JFK). Graduated from Columbia Univ. with highest honors and was admitted to the bar in 1830. Became active in politics as a Whig, although lost his first election to the NY State Assembly in 1836. The same year, he married Julia Dean, a descendant of the 1st governor of NJ, who was an effective hostess and helpmate. 3 sons and 5 daughters from the union, including diplomat Nicholas Fish (Condoleezza Rice), railroad executive Stuyvesant Fish (George W. Bush, Jr.), and politico Hamilton Fish (Jeb Bush). Elected to the House of Representatives in 1842, and served one term, before being elected lt. governor and then governor of NY in 1848. Became a U.S. Senator in 1851 for one term, serving on the foreign relations committee. A moderate on the antislavery issue, he opposed extremists of both sides, and deplored the breakup of the Whigs as a national party. Because he was slow to embrace the new Republican Party, he lost his national standing, and became active in civic activities in NYC instead during the Civil War. Lauded Gen. U.S. Grant (Omar Bradley) after the war, and was appointed Secretary of State in 1869 after the latter won the presidency, proving to be the one bright spot in an otherwise sordidly corrupt administration. Despite reluctantly accepting the office under the proviso he stay but a few months, he wound up serving through both of Grant’s administrations, proving so adept at his duties that his advice was often solicited in domestic affairs as well. Able to secure treaties and indemnities with foreign powers, while tempering his own expansionist philosophies with his duties at hand. Twice failed to have an inter-oceanic canal built. Defender of American interests, while skillfully avoiding military conflicts, although he was indifferent to Reconstruction and unwilling to use his moral authority against his corrupt fellow cabinet officers. Following his retirement as a gentleman of means, he was active in many literary and philanthropic activities, and like his father before him, served as a trustee of his alma mater, Columbia Univ. Inner: Respectable, but undistinguished as a politician, far more suited to diplomacy and statesmanship. Moderate, modest, self-controlled, an aloof aristocrat whose true calling was tactfully dealing with the world-at-large. Passionless lifetime of privileged beginnings, and the ability to transcend an otherwise hopeless administration with his particular pragmatic skills, while keeping his moral sensibilities to himself in favor of getting his own job done. Robert Hunter Morris (c1700-1764) - American colonial official and judge. Outer: 2nd son of Lewis Morris (Prescott Bush), and one of 15 children. Mother was the daughter of the attorney general of NY province. Grew up in wealth on his father’s estate, Morrisania, and was trained by his sire for a political career. Given a liberal education of the time, and accompanied his progenitor to England in 1735. Shortly after his father was named governor of New Jersey in 1735, he appointed him Chief Justice of the province’s Supreme Court, while he also served on his inner Council. Along with several commissioners, he helped determine the northern boundary line of New Jersey. Although he never married, he had two illegitimate children, including a son of the same name who followed him onto the New Jersey Supreme Court. Showed himself to be diligent and competent in his duties, and in 1749, he visited England again, staying for several years. Although he wished to be made lieutenant governor of New York, he was appointed deputy governor of Pennsylvania instead. Held the position during extremely tumultuous times between 1754 and 1756, and had a contentious relationship with the province’s Assembly, causing him to resign. Although he wished to resign his judicial position, as well, it was not accepted, and he continued his duties of office. Made his third trip to England in 1757, then resumed his earlier judicial position, despite its vacancy having been filled. Died suddenly at a party, when he led a parson’s wife out onto the dance floor during a ball, and then fell dead in an apoplectic fit. Inner: As always, highly competent and equally colorless in all that he did, as a cog in his longtime family’s network of power. Delimited lifetime of doing as he was bid to uphold his familial name, despite having some of his larger ambitions frustrated through elements well beyond his control. Thomas Radcliffe, 3rd Earl of Sussex (c1525-1583) - English nobleman. Outer: Eldest son of the 2nd Earl of Sussex. Educated at Cambridge, then was a member of Gray’s Inn. Served on several royal missions, before being made a baron. Helped suppress the Wyatt rebellion and assisted in the marriage negotiations between Felipe II (Adolf Hitler) of Spain and Queen Mary I (Rose Kennedy). In 1556 he was appointed lord deputy of Ireland by the latter. Attempted with little success to subdue a major Irish chieftain and his Ulster allies, but was able to restore an Irish loyalist to the crown to his lands. In 1557, he succeeded his father to the earldom of Sussex, then when Elizabeth I (Mae West) came to the throne, he was made lord lieutenant of Ireland in 1560. Introduced English settlements in the province of Leinster. Resigned his position 6 years later, leaving behind him a reputation for competence and statesmanship, and returned to England, where he became one of the governmental faction opposed to the devious Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester (Bob Hope), a continual enemy of his for his ongoing negotiations for matches for the queen. Continued as an influential courtier, negotiating an Austrian match for the queen that never came about and was appointed lord president of the north in 1569, where he put down several rebellions, although the queen found him too lenient. Supported further matches for the queen in the 1570s, which never came about. Inner: Competent and colorless lifetime of showing his martial and political leadership at the highest levels of government, although his ultimate legacy was as a failed royal matchmaker.


Storyline: The geriatric youngster finds himself way over his head, when he seriously steps into the national spotlight, only to wind up stepping all over himself and becoming the object of derision, rather than purpose, despite a contrary desire.

James Danforth Quayle (1947) - American vice-president. Outer: Father was a successful businessman, whose company produced Lincoln Logs, the building toy. Mother was from a newspaper publishing family. Both parents were John Birch society members. Oldest of 4. His beliefs mirrored the sentiments of his family, in a highly political household, giving him an innate desire for power, as a means of impressing his kin. Attended DePauw Univ., where he received a B.A. in political science in 1969. 5’10”, 178 lbs. A mediocre student with little interest in studies, he held fantasies of becoming a professional golfer. Using his family’s pull, he joined the National Guard to avoid duty in Vietnam, despite being hawkish on the American role there. Later attended Indiana Univ. Law School at night, while using family connections to work for the Indiana attorney general and governor. In 1972, he married Marilyn Tucker, a fellow law school student, 3 children from the union, including son Ben, who followed family tradition of gaffes galore while launching his own political career. The pair would be closely intertwined in their ambitions and beliefs. Both passed their bar exam on the same day and opened a law practice in the upstairs office of his mother’s family’s newspaper building. Also acted as associate publisher and general manager of the Huntington Indiana Herald-Press for 2 years. Impressed by actor Robert Redford’s role in The Candidate, he decided to enter politics. Won an upset victory in his 1st race for the House of Representatives by attacking his opponent’s liberality. Despite his totally undistinguished run of office, he was re-elected by a monster margin, even though he was known as ‘Wet Head,’ in the House. In 1980, he was the youngest senator ever elected from Indiana, once more attacking his opponent’s relatively liberal record. In 1986, he was re-elected by the largest margin ever up to that time, proving that superficiality and negativity were his most important political attributes. Tapped as George H.W. Bush’s vice-president in 1988, he acted like an overeager puppy when introduced to the nation, then humiliated himself in subsequent televised debate trying to pass himself off as another JFK. Code-named Scorecard by the Secret Service, a name previously assigned to Pres. Dwight Eisenhower because both spent so much time on the golf course. During his term in office, he proved himself to be a ‘deer-in-the-headlights’ bumbler who became a national joke through his own continual gaffes. Tried to present himself as spokesman for family values, taking on Hollywood and its fictional characters as his amoral foils. Failed along with Bush to win re-election in 1992, and returned to civilian life, trying to rehabilitate himself through writings and speeches. Wrote Standing Firm in 1994, and co-authored The American Family. Declined to run for the governorship of Indiana, staying out of elective politics for the rest of the decade, until his children were old enough to leave home, while moving with his wife to Arizona. Suffered a life-threatening blood clot in his lungs in 1995, but recovered after the removal of a benign tumor. A continuing need to rehabilitate himself in the public eye, however, made him enter the 2000 Republican primary race, although he failed to gain much support and was one of the earlier drop-outs. Continues his public career as a syndicated columnist, global chairman of the hedge fund Cerberus Capital Management and president of a political action committee, while also serving as president of an Arizona newspaper consortium in his ongoing desire to remain active fodder for late night TV comedians. Inner: Good-natured, superficial, error-prone conservative ideologue with a gift for gaffes. Egg-on-his-face lifetime of overachievement well beyond his limited abilities, and perhaps some ultimate lessons in how to redesign himself more effectively for future more satisfying lives in his dearly desired headlights of fame and power. Cornelia Fairbanks (Cornelia Cole) (1852-1913) - American political helpmate. Known as “Nelllie.” Outer: Father was a judge. Probably had a relatively liberal upbringing where women’s education was deemed important, although their ultimate place was seen in the home afterwards. Went to Ohio Wesleyan Univ. and was co-editor of the school newspaper with Charles Fairbanks (Marilyn Quayle), before graduating in his same class. Married Fairbanks in 1874, one daughter and four sons from the union. Served as a willing helpmate to her husband’s career, advising him and acting as an audience to his speeches before he officially gave them. A popular hostess in Washington when her husband became vice-president to Theodore Roosevelt (Kathleen Kennedy) in 1904. Served as President General of the Daughters of the American Revolution, from 1901 to 1905 during her stay in the capitol. Traveled the world following her spouse’s run of office. Predeceased him by 5 years, dying of pneumonia. Inner: Known for her grace and charm. Felt women should hold public office, even though she expired before women even had the vote. Supported missionary work as a champion of Protestantism. Support lifetime of exhibiting far more memorable skills from the female side of his/her larger make-up, before she and her spouse switched gender roles to far less ultimate effect. Priscilla Mullins (1604-1680) - American political helpmate. Outer: Of Puritan descent, daughter of one of the Mayflower pilgrims. Involved in the famous courtship of Myles Standish, where she uttered the immortal line, “Speake fore yourselfe, Johne” when her future husband, John Alden (Dan Quayle), proposed as a stand-in for Standish. The incident also may have been totally mythopoetic. In 1623, she married Alden, 11 children, and holds no other claim to fame. Inner: Support lifetime for a politically ambitious mate, and through the poetic imagination of a later figure, a symbole of directness and speakinge one’s owne minde.


Storyline: The prim pilgrim adheres to her principles down through the centuries, while switching sexes to maintain an alternate support and star-turn partnership in the political arena, while slowly learning to open up her tight, hidden interior.

Marilyn Quayle (Marilyn Tucker) (1949) - American political helpmate. Outer: From a right-wing family with a strong fundamentalist overview. Nicknamed ‘Merit’ for her accumulation of Girl Scout badges. Attended Indiana Univ. Law School with her future husband, and in 1972, married Dan Quayle, 3 children from the union, including son Ben who showed himself a chip off the old blockhead in his own incipient political career. The duo created a ‘best friend’ type of relationship, in which their equal partnership was centered around his potential mega-political career, which never really flowered. Passed her bar exam on the same day as her husband in 1974, and the pair opened up a law practice as Quayle & Quayle in the upstairs office of his father’s newspaper. Became a conservative lawyer with powerful political instincts and convictions, and the force behind her husband’s relative meteoric rise, despite his frequent embarrassing pronouncements. Forced to tone down her severe image when her spouse became vice-president in 1988, and worked hard to present herself as a more humane and compassionate person. Enjoyed the power and trappings of office, despite her mate becoming a national figure of mockery, and a running joke on late-nite TV. Code-named Sunshine by the Secret Service. After the Republican’s lost the White House in 1992, she advised him not to run for office again until their teenagers were safely out of the house, and moved with him to Arizona, where she continued her law practice, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. Also wrote a potboiler, “Embrace the Serpent,” at the same time. An activist in conservative circles, and eventually right there for her husband, despite misgivings about campaigning again, when he announced his candidacy in 1999 for yet another presidential run, which quickly petered out, in favor of the favored son of their former mentor, George W. Bush, Jr. Inner: Controlled, calculating, highly ambitious, with the potential of one day becoming a candidate herself. Support lifetime of attempting to open up her stiff, puritanical personality, while serving as the driving force behind her longtime mate in a role reversal, where her ambitions were subordinated to his, although her principles were not. Charles W. Fairbanks (1852-1918) - American vice-president. Outer: Descended from Puritan stock on his father’s side. Born poor, raised pioneer style on a farm, often laboring barefoot in the fields, giving himself a strong lifelong work ethic. Parents were Methodists and abolitionists. Showed an early affinity for books and learning. Worked his way through Ohio Wesleyan Univ., then studied law at night, while laboring for the Associated Press. In 1874, he was admitted to the bar. The same year, married Cornelia Cole (Dan Quayle), the daughter of a judge, 5 children from the union. His wife became president-general of the Daughters of American Revolution. Tall, slender, active socially. Moved to Indianapolis, and became a railway attorney, eventually growing extremely wealthy, while becoming involved in state politics. An old-guard conservative Indiana politician, he became the chief force in the state Republican party by 1896, making up for a rather repressed personality with his competency and determination. Elected senator that year and served until 1905. His quiet effectiveness was respected by that legislative body. In 1904, he was chosen as Theodore Roosevelt’s (Kathleen Kennedy) vice-presidential running-mate to balance the ticket, despite their differences in political philosophy. Later broke with him when he challenged William Taft’s (Bill Clinton) re-election in 1912. He was a losing vice-presidential candidate in 1916, and died 2 years later of nephritis. Inner: Stiff, very formal. Cold, forbidding in public, warmer in private. Repressed lifetime of creating himself from extremely modest beginnings, while cleaving to his ongoing conservative, puritanical principles. Charles Carroll (1737-1822) - American politician. Outer: From an old Irish Roman Catholic princely family. Given a sense of both tradition and privilege while growing up. Educated by Jesuits in Maryland, before returning to the Old World via 6 years at the College de St. Omer in French Flanders. Studied in Rheims and Paris, and then spent the years between 1753 and 1757 studying civil law in Bourges and Paris before finally finishing his education in London. Returned to the U.S. at the age of 28. Married Molly Darnall, his cousin in 1768. Seven children from the union, although only 3 survived. Leader of the Roman Catholic element during the Revolutionary period, and a member of the Board of War. Reluctant supporter of the Constitution. A state senator for nearly a generation, beginning in 1777, and a U.S. senator for the initial Senate for a 3 year stretch during that time, identifying with the conservative Federalist Party. His singular claim to fame was as the longest surviving signer of Declaration of Independence, living into his mid-90s. Worked for railroad and waterway companies at the end of his career, laying the cornerstone for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. Retired to a huge Maryland estate, some 70-80,000 acres, as one of wealthiest citizens in U.S. at the time, because of his vast property. Inner: Conservative ideologue and Federalist, with religious traditionalism shaping his political overview. Actively involved in much of the activity surrounding the founding of the U.S., and yet left only a skin-deep impression. Present-and-privileged-at-the-beginning lifetime of trying to integrate his basic conservatism and deep sense of tradition during truly revolutionary times, while remaining resistant to them. John Alden (1599?-1697) - English/American Pilgrim. Outer: Origins obscured. Tall, blonde with blue eyes. Hired as a cooper by the London merchants who financed the Pilgrim’s colonial excursion to the New World. Landed in Massachusetts aboard the Mayflower in 1620, and later, along with Myles Standish (Prescott Bush), helped found the community of Duxbury, where he lived the rest of his extremely long life. Served in a variety of capacities, as agent for the colony, surveyor of highways, member of the local war council, and assistant to the governor from 1623 to 1641, and later from 1650 to 1686. Also twice served as deputy governor. Subject of 2 durable myths, one being that he was the first Pilgrim to set foot on Plymouth rock, and the other that he was a stand-in for Standish’s desire for the delectable hand of Priscilla Mullins (Dan Quayle), a daughter of one of the Pilgrims, whom he, himself, wound up wedding in 1623. The union produced 11 children. His most serious claim to fame was his longevity, in the survival realm, when, at the near age of 100, he became the last surviving signer of the Mayflower compact. Inner: Good speaker, strong interest in military matters. Perfect fit lifetime of finding his natural social and theological milieu among the Puritanical pilgrims and riding his good fortune for as long as his body would permit.


Storyline: The self-sabotaging sensualist uses intimate partnership as his leverage to power, but cannot reconcile his base appetites with his equal hunger for his/story’s approval, despite a keen intelligence for facts and figures and a natural charisma.

Bill Clinton (William Jefferson Blythe III) (1946) - American president. Outer: Of British, Scottish and Irish ancestry. Despite his modest circumstances of birth, on his mother’s side, descended from the Plantagenet king Henry III (Jacqueline Kennedy), and is connected to every Scottish monarch as well as the current royal house of Great Britain. Mother was a highly personable nurse, father was a traveling salesman, who died 3 months before his son was born at the age of 28, after rolling his car into a drainage ditch and drowning. One younger brother, Roger, who idolized him, despite continually tarnishing the family name. Had difficulties with his abusive stepfather, whose name he adopted. Politically active while growing up, with a fascination for John F. Kennedy, although he also had an out-of-place sense of loneliness. Attended Georgetown Univ., and was a Vietnam war protester, avoiding the draft via schooling. Became a Rhodes scholar at Oxford, then graduated Yale law school, where he met his future wife and political co-partner, Hillary Rodham. Large and heavyset, 6’2” and blue-eyed, with his body weight fluctuating between 214 and 236 pounds. Inveterate junk food eater, as well as compulsively seductive, treating sex as if it were another form of comfort food. Taught at the Univ. of Arkansas and in 1975, married Hillary Rodham, one daughter, Chelsea, from the union. Had an extremely close political partnership with his wife, whose abilities he recognized immediately, although he repeatedly violated their bonds of matrimony. With the help of his spouse, he became state Attorney General, then 5 time governor of Arkansas, the youngest ever to win that office, beginning in 1978, losing once in 1980, before regaining the post. During his time in office he allegedly was a hearty partier, ingesting much cocaine, and also allowing the state to be a conduit for the drug from Central and South America, which helped fuel his rise to power, as a servant of the dark siders in government. Both he and his wife would accept political favors, through a sense of entitlement, which would later cloud both their financial dealings in a state rife with corruption. Characterized as “Slick Willie,” but in 1992, he won the Democratic nomination and presidency over the incumbent George H.W. Bush, by better than a 2 to 1 electoral margin, despite allegations of his predatory sexual character. Each time he would be accused of a moral deficiency, he was able to rise to his own defense. His public image was enhanced by fellow Arkansan producer Harry Thomason and his wife Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. Code-named Eagle by the Secret Service. A centrist as chief executive, he often waffled on issues during his first term, which saw the opposing party gain control of Congress in 1994 and proclaim a moral revolution, which ultimately withered. The same year he passed a draconian crime bill that swelled the country’s prison population. While campaigning for his wife much later, he would refute it, although it helped him in the 1996 election as being tough on crime. Also benefited politically from the April 1995 Oklahoma City federal building bombing, since the official storyline confirmed right wing extremism in the U.S., making his centrist position all the more tenable. Subject to an unusual amount of sniping while in office over his moral character and financial dealings, as well as a rabid hatred from the right, which accused him of everything from drug-running to murdering his suicided associate Vince Foster. Political enemy of Newt Gingrich, whose career and rise paralleled his own. Never particularly popular, although he exhibited a strong resiliency and the ability to rebound from his exposed failings. Far better promise maker than executor of saidsame, not fully realizing his sense of the presidency until his first term was almost over. Able to win reelection in 1996 over Robert Dole by a whopping 200 electoral votes, thanks to a strong economy and a weak opponent, while the fallout from his win resulted in the ultimate fall of Gingrich from his position as Speaker of the House. During his 2nd term, he suffered the ignominy of an impeachment trial over lying about an affair with a young White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. The independent council investigating him, Kenneth Starr, managed to alienate the American electorate with his fanatical moral pursuit, helping to win public favor for the otherwise beleaguered president, who managed to mount some $4m in legal fees over his various contretemps, despite being guilty of perjury, an impeachable offense. Although his marriage probably took an unsalvageable beating, his wife continued to publicly stand by him, while eventually taking the unprecedented step of running for the Senate on her own from NY, after the couple bought a house there to establish state residency. Able to weather the impeachment trial, which ultimately found him not guilty in 1999, while his approval ratings soared, thanks to his perceived ability to rise against adversity and continually salvage his career, if not his private life. Aggressive in his military stances against Haiti in his first term, and Kosovo in his 2nd, his foreign policy was inconsistent, while the country experienced several spectacularly violent incidents as unconscious reflection of his stances. Wound up increasing the federal and state prison populations to record levels in his need to appear tough on crime, as an antidote to his own questionable legal behavior. Despite the healthy economy for most of his administration via a dot.com bubble, he helped set up the economic collapse to come by signing off on controlling legislation passed all the way back in the Roosevelt years geared towards preventing financial institutions to get too big to fail. Finished with a flourish, striking a deal for his lying under oath by forgoing his Arkansas law license, and paying a fine, then granting a host of controversial pardons, loading up on questionable gifts, and showing emphatically he would continue to be a public figure. Established the Clinton Foundation in 1997, a charitable organization that would ultimately raise much controversy in its solicitation of funds from both corporations and foreign governments, in exchange for access, while much of the money raised would find its way into his and his wife’s pockets, with only a small percentage going to its intended targets of uplifting the live lives of the marginalized. Reluctantly left the White House, some $12 million in debt, to take on a gadfly role as Democratic adviser, while basing his offices in Harlem in NYC. In 2004, he published his best-selling, well-written, but bloated, autobiography, “My Life,” after getting a record $10 million dollar advance for it. On the final day of the Republican convention in 2004, he suffered chest pains, and while awaiting quadruple by-pass surgery, announced he wanted four more years like the Republicans, unconsciously saying he was embodying the pain of Democratic defeat. Opened his presidential library, the largest of its kind, several months later in the pouring rain, as, perhaps, a final say from on high about his presidency. Despite being a public scold about his successor, he became chummy with the Bushes during the disaster relief efforts that unfolded in 2005, in an attempt to help redefine his wife as a fellow centrist, while working on his own rehabilitation in the public mind. Through the dint of his personality, able to raise billions for his Clinton Global Initiative in order to address world problems, while also engaging in a number of murky business deals while running with a pleasure-loving posse that did nothing to elevate his status as a statesman. Reeled in some $109 million dollars from his various transactions, after the century’s turn, while refusing to detail his Library donors. Hit the campaign trail with his wife in 2007, and lent his charisma to their mutual desire for another eight years in the White House, although wound up as yet another divisive voice in her neck-and-neck race with Barack Obama. His trash-talking and intimations of a dual presidency would hinder rather than help her, in yet another self-destructive display on his part, in his ongoing saga as dualistic poster boy for 20th and 21st century Democratic politics. Able to reel in his true feelings, by giving verbal support to Obama at the Democratic Convention, rehabilitating himself somewhat from his earlier campaigning excesses geared towards keeping himself as the primary totem of his party. Later cleaned up his act around foreign investors and donators for his library in preparation for being vetted for his wife’s appointment for Secretary of State. Scored a personal diplomacy triumph in 2009 by securing the release of two journalists held by the hermit kingdom of North Korea, and the following year had stents put in a closed artery, to relieve his ongoing heart problems. Became a vegan, losing 20 lbs., as a further safety measure for his health, while also adopting George H.W. Bush as the father figure he never had, symbolically intertwining with his predecessor and successor as a fellow family member. Gave a rousing speech at the 2012 DNC in support of Barack Obama, in one of his rare public offerings where emotion was nicely balanced by content, and not overwhelmed by sheer verbiage, while continuing to rake in huge speaker’s fees doing what he enjoys doing best, chattering. Through 2014, he enjoyed an upsurge in popularity, with his flawed character no longer held against him, but rather seen as part of his dualistic arsenal, as he pushes for another run at the White House, via his wife’s focused desire to break gender precedence in the Oval Office, while sacrificing his own personal legacy in his ongoing hunger for the spotlight, via the left’s disdain for many of his rightist policies. Humanized his spouse during the DNC, in usual prolix fashion, in their precedent making desire to return center atage in American political life. Eventually blamed his wife’s defeat on the FBI’s false claim her e-mails were under legal suspicion,while reiterating his total contempt for Donald Trump, particularly his hyper-nationalism, feeling it will take the U.S. into the realm of self-destruction. His estimated net worth is $100 million thanks to huge speaking fees and the family foundation. Inner: Affable, narcissistic, gregarious, articulate, ambitious, with a seeming compassion for the powerless, despite being a moderate Republican in all but name. Extremely dualistic - idealistic and cynical, evasive and honest, focused and undisciplined, and equally embarrassing and inspiring, as well as wonkish and intuitive. Excellent memory, although completely non-introspective, and nondiscriminatory in his lusts and appetites, with some of his actions allegedly full-fledged rape. Great desire to please and be loved by the public, despite a curious sense of resistance to his career through philandering and waffling. Terrible-tempered, often aloof in private. Difficulty in coming to decisions, self-absorbed, and largely undisciplined. The recipient of a tremendous amount of hatred from those who found his sense of morality repulsive, particularly for a consensus figure with no real ideology. Incredibly greedy, taking full advantage of donors’ generosity in his various foundations, which may ultimately sink his wife’s chances for the presidency on her own, while deeply tainting his ultimate legacy. Open fly lifetime of shooting for the presidency from modest beginnings with a longtime partner and mate, while dealing with his own unresolved dualities about being in authority through continual acts of self-sabotage. William Howard Taft (1857-1930) - (1857-1930) - American president and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Outer: Of English and Scotch-Irish ancestry. From a politically prominent family. Son of an Ohio attorney, Alphonso Taft (Kenneth Starr) who later became U.S. Attorney General, but had his larger ambitions of being a Supreme Court justice thwarted. Younger half-brother of Charles Taft (Harry Thomason), who later helped him enormously in his political career. Also had one other older half-brother. His mother, Louise Torrey Taft (Linda Bloodworth-Thomason), was his father’s 2nd wife. A serene happy person, with executive ability, she was the daughter of a Boston merchant, and the intellectual equal of her spouse, with the ability to be both nurturing and dictatorial. One of 4 surviving children, with his oldest brother dying in infancy, although both parents had wanted a girl. His sire was a stern disciplinarian, and highly critical of his brood in order to push them to better themselves, which led to the early death of one son, a valedictorian at Yale, who subsequently had a nervous breakdown and died in a sanitarium. Nevertheless, both parents were lavish with love, which allowed him to trust his progenitor and confided in him, because of the pride he took in his scion’s accomplishments, which translated into his father’s establishing a tight network of support between his sons. Very close with his other brothers. Large and heavy-set, 5’11”, ultimately weighing over 300 pounds, with legs that seemed too short for his ample torso. A power-hitting amateur baseball catcher, he blew out his arm, ending his desire for a professional baseball career. Graduated Yale Univ. second in his class, and Cincinnati Law School and became a Cincinnati lawyer, working as a law reporter for a local newspaper, while involving him in local Republican politics. In 1886, he married Nellie Herron (Hillary Clinton), 3 children from union, including a future conservative senator, Robert Taft (Bobby Jindal) and college president Helen Herron Taft (Chelsea Clinton). His wife, who was initially shocked and angry that he proposed, and it took several more tries before she finally relented. Once wed, she was highly ambitious for him, and continually pushed him, when he would have preferred otherwise. From the age of 24 until his death, he held one appointed office after another. Had a particular love of the judiciary all his life, feeling they represented what he would meet in heaven under a just God. Became a Cincinnati judge, then U.S. Solicitor General in 1890, in Washington where he met Theodore Roosevelt (Kathleen Kennedy), before returning to the bench two years later on the U.S. Circuit Court for an 8 year run, much to his wife’s consternation, since she would have much preferred remaining in Washington. Always conscientious and hardworking in whatever position he was given. Appointed the first civil governor-general of the Philippines in 1901, establishing a policy that would eventually lead to self-government, thanks to his reforms, and largely color-blind policies, making him an extremely well-liked viceroy. Became so emotionally involved with his position, that he turned down an offer from then Pres. Roosevelt for a seat on the Supreme Court, despite it being his lifelong ambition. During his three years in the Philippines, he suffered from dengue fever and had to have three operations for abscesses. Finally agreed to being Secretary of War under Roosevelt for his 2nd term, enjoying a preferred status in the cabinet, before succeeding him as Republican president in 1908, with James Sherman (Dick Cheney), as his vice-president. An effective administrator, but a mediocre chief executive, since he felt the presidency had no power that was not spelled out in the Constitution, or by Congressional act. Had poor relations with the press, and his speechifying was usually long-winded and stodgy, as if her were a lawyer explaining everything in legalistic terms. His singular contribution to the presidency, was the creation of the Oval Office. Lost control of Congress midway through his term and was further undermined by his party’s Speaker of the House, Joseph Cannon (Newt Gingrich). Continued his predecessor’s policies of trust-busting, and instituted the Dept. of Labor, but annoyed his party progressives with his tariffs and conservation policies. Fired Gifford Pinchot (Al Gore), a close conservation ally of Roosevelt, which irked the latter no end. His 4 years in White House were the unhappiest period of his life, underlined by his wife’s nervous breakdown while in the executive mansion. Suffered from sleep apnea, often dozing off during meetings. Ultimately had a falling out with his mentor, TR, who formed a 3rd party and ran against him for his 2nd term, helping to hand the presidency over to Woodrow Wilson. Left the White House with no regrets, and became a professor of constitutional law at Yale for 8 years. In 1921, he was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and realized his life’s true ambition, which had been his father’s as well. Proved far more suited for the Court than the presidency. Tried to unite it so as to reduce the number of dissents and give it a greater efficiency, while maintaining his conservative convictions throughout his stay. Died of debility and heart failure a month after resigning his position due to ill health. Buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Inner: Good-humored, slothful, gregarious, with a strong sense of public duty. His gross appetites centered around food, rather than the opposite sex in this go-round. Active Freemason, able, kindly, humane and a notorious procrastinator, with an upper-class concern for the powerless. Good judge of character, and a carrier of grudges. Large-bodied lifetime of being pushed into the political arena by his wife’s desires rather than his own, forcing him to act out of an inner sense of responsibility rather than his own desires, and suffering for it, by not being who he felt he really was until the last decade of his life. Mercy Otis Warren (1728-1814) - American writer & political wife. Outer: Father James Otis, Sr. (Kenneth Starr) was prominent in Mass. politics, as a judge, brother James Otis (Vince Foster), became one of the primary initial voices of the American Revolution, before being upended by his own instability. Informally schooled from her brother’s tutors, although she received no formal education. In 1754, she married up-and-coming politico James Warren (Hillary Rodham Clinton), 5 sons from union. Her husband recognized her as the superior intellect of the 2, claiming she had, “a man’s mind in a woman’s body.” The pair were highly active socially and politically, working in close tandem, while being near to the center of events throughout the pre and post-Revolutionary period, thanks to their mutual connections and ambitions. Conventional until her mid-40s. Saw ambition as a key to character, and people as key to events. Maintained a lively salon, and was an early feminist, playwright, poet and his/storian, ultimately limning a 3 volume opus on the personalities of the day. Helpmate in her husband’s largely failed political career. Eventually became estranged from the power structure because of her expressed perspective. Corresponded with Abigail Adams (Anne Heche) on the failure of women to be given equal opportunity, although criticism of her husband later caused a breach in their relationship that was not reconciled until shortly before her death, 6 years after her husband’s. Polemicist, not particularly well-liked, but a teller of truth as she saw it. Inner: Articulate, impassioned, honest. Extremely conscious of her secondary female role. Ardent patriot, identifying heavily with colonist cause. Penwoman lifetime of intertwining self-expression and politics, so as to give her more of a surety about herself and how she could best realize her power in direct prelude to her later gender-switching incarnations in more egalitarian times. William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle (1593-1676) - English nobleman. Outer: Born to great wealth, mother was an heiress, while his father was an MP. 2nd of 3 children and older brother of mathematician, Charles Cavendish (Al Gore, Jr.), with their oldest sibling having died in infancy. Educated at St. John’s College, Cambridge, although showed far more of an interest in sports than academics. Fascinated by horses and horsemanship throughout his life, and later had a riding school built on his estate. A companion of Henry, Prince of Wales (Robert Shaw), he traveled to Italy with him. Elected as an MP in 1614, he became a disciple and later patron of Ben Jonson (Norman Mailer), who would effect his writing style. Inherited his sire’s title and estates in 1617, and the following year, he married an heiress, two daughters, and two surviving sons out of four from the union. Entertained James I (Kenneth Tynan) at his father’s estate, a miniaturized castle in 1619, piled up titles, and succeeded to his mother’s estates in 1629. Also entertained Charles I (Prince George), spending some £20,000 pounds doing so, in a desperate desire for a court appointment. Along with his brother, he was the center of a scientific and philosophic circle, lending his name and monies to research and experimentation. Spent a great deal of his time involved in pursuit of the arts, particularly music, while gathering men of letters around him, as an important patron of his times. Became sole gentleman of the bedchamber in 1638, as well as governor of the future Charles II (Peter O’Toole), and the following year, finally achieved his ambition of becoming a privy councilor, just in time for the outset of the English Civil War. A royalist to the core, he lent the king £10,000 and raised a troop at his own expense against the Scots in 1639, while accruing more offices over the next three years, during which time his wife died. Withdrew from the court, although successfully financed and commanded Royalist forces during the early part of English Civil War, rising to lieutenant-general, while blaming the king’s fall on those around him, rather than the monarch himself. After the defeat of royalist forces, he went into exile on the continent, joining the queen’s court, where he met and married his 2nd wife, Margaret Lucas (Hillary Rodham Clinton), in 1645. Lived in Paris, then Amsterdam, then Rotterdam in great financial straits during the latter part of the English Civil War and the Commonwealth, working in loose concert with the exiled Charles II, before gradually withdrawing from political concerns, and spending much of his time training horses, while also publishing several treatises on the subject. Forced to pawn his wife’s jewels and incur heavy loans for his ongoing loyalty. Accompanied Charles to London on the Restoration in 1660, but only had part of his lands restored, since he had spent nearly £1,000,000 in the royal service. Created duke of Newcastle in 1665, but showed little interest in politics thereafter and devoted the rest of his life to writing plays and poems and breeding horses. Patron of writers throughout his life, and the subject of a flattering biography by his wife, who predeceased him. Buried in Westminster Abbey. Inner: Loyal, intelligent and perservering. Expert horseman and swordsman, with a great love of music and art, vigorously supporting the latter two. Great believer in the monarchy, although a mediocre general at best. Testing lifetime of being born into extreme wealth, power and privilege during highly stressful times, while trying to balance his inner and outer self, through martial and mental exercise, and the loss of his once secure base. Margaret Paston (Margaret Mauteby) (?-1474) - English noblewoman. Outer: From a wealthy background, cousin of John Fastolf (Robert Dole). Daughter of a wealthy farmer, at his death, she inherited his estates in Norfolk, and in 1440, contracted a marriage with John Paston (Hillary Rodham Clinton), a country gentleman. The union was encouraged by her groom’s parents, who saw her landholdings as a complement to their son’s ambitions. 5 sons and 2 daughters. Their eldest son, John Paston (Vince Foster), was a charming ne’er-do-well, far more interested in his own pleasures than family business, although she shielded him from her husband’s disparagement while the latter was alive. Contributed to the Paston Letters, a series of correspondences between various members of the family, and John Fastolf, whose estate her family ultimately inherited. Aggressively pursued her husband’s interests in court while he was away, and adamantly refused to leave a manor under attack by the family’s enemies, before finally being carried out. After her husband’s death, she struggled to maintain their large combined estate, while her oldest son continued to drive her to despair. Inner: Aggressive, good manager, unafraid of standing up for herself. Expanding lifetime of developing her communication skills, while learning about power through property and connection with the longtime family with whom she would continue to interact in her/his ongoing education in political and power partnership.


Storyline: The hard-driving helpmate emerges from the straitjacket placed around women of power to become a driving force via her mate’s talents and liabilities, in preparation for her own solo stance as a poll-driven pol, more than willing to compromise everything to achieve her goals.

Hillary Rodham Clinton (Hillary Diane Rodham) (1947) - American First Lady, senator, Secretary of State and presidential candidate. Outer: Of English, Scottish, Welsh and French/Canadian descent. Daughter of a Republican in the drapery business, who was cranky and domineering, and loved to find fault with his progeny. Mother was also a staunch Republican and traditional home/maker, who had been largely abandoned as a child. Oldest of three with two brothers. Had a comfortable Methodist upbringing, while expressing political awareness early on with a teenage sense of social justice. A National Merit Scholarship finalist in high school, as well as a debater and active in student government. 5’6”, with blue eyes and brunette hair. Head of the local chapter of Young Republicans at Wellesley College, but after the assassinations of 1968, and street violence at the Chicago Democratic Convention, she switched her party allegiance. The following year, she was the first student at Wellesley ever asked to deliver the commencement address. Graduated Yale Law school in 1973, where she met her future husband Bill Clinton, and served on the editorial board of the law review. Moved to Washington, D.C. in 1974, and worked on the House Judiciary Committee’s inquiry into the impeachment of Pres. Richard Nixon. Moved to Arkansas afterwards and taught at the Arkansas School of Law. Married Bill Clinton in 1975, although retained her maiden name until 1982, and then became known by 3 names, one daughter, Chelsea, from the union. Pursued her own legal career as well as a direct partnership in her mate’s political ambitions, while ignoring his continual and compulsive infidelities. Forced to downplay her aggressiveness in Clinton’s political rise, as well as deny his ongoing promiscuity. Worked on his various campaigns, as he rose to governor of the state in 1978, and in 1980, she was made a partner in her law firm, Rose Law, where she proved a taskmaster for her staff. Focused on health care and child welfare during her husband’s 5 terms as Arkansas governor, while serving on the board of several corporations. Weathered a difficult national campaign in 1992, standing by her man as he confessed to causing pain in their marriage, and was swept into the White House along with him. Code-named Evergreen by the Secret Service. Viciously slandered all the women who made claims against her spouse’s compulsive sexual predatory behavior as head of his “bimbo eruptions” team. Devastated by the suicide of White House counsel and longtime friend Vince Foster in 1993, after giving him a severe tongue-lashing in front of others. Headed a task force on National Health Care Reform, but her efforts were defeated in a nasty partisan Congressional debate, while she became Shrillary, to her vast horde of detractors. Subsequently subpoenaed for questionable billing practices and business deals, she was forced to take a less active public role during its first term. Proved to be a far more effective ambassador overseas, with her own women’s rights and health care agenda. In his 2nd term, she defended him aggressively as the target of a vast rightwing conspiracy when he was brought up for impeachment charges on grounds of obstructing justice arising from yet another of his sleazy affairs. Their marriage was probably irretrievably broken at his admission to the nation and to her that he had lied about his involvement with his young intern, Monica Lewinsky. In an unprecedented move, she decided to run for Senator from N.Y. during their 2nd term and did so in 2000, only to see her primary opponent, NYC mayor Rudolph Giuliani, undone by the same adulterous behavior as her mate, and was elected. Her reputation was tarnished at the end of the Clinton presidency, by one of her brother’s involvement in controversial pardons by her husband, and for being forced to give back numerous gifts on leaving the White House. Author of several books, including, “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child.” Sold her unrevealing memoirs, “Living History,” for a near-record $8m, and it became a bestseller. Far less controversial during her senatorial run, taking middle-of-the road positions. Continued playing it safe-and-center all through the pre-primary period, although turned against the war in Iraq, when popular opinion did, after first voting for it, while handily winning re-election in 2006. An early party favorite for the Democratic nomination for the presidency the following annum, but wound up head-to-head with Barack Obama. Kept rising from the dead throughout the latter stages of the campaign, thanks to mischievous Republican crossover votes, although her negativity and exaggerations would erode her popular image even more, as her advisers presented her as an out-and-out hawk to quell any voter fears around her toughness. After much pressure from supporters, finally conceded, and offered her rival her support in a rousing conciliatory speech, followed by an electric talk at the Democratic Convention, leaving no doubt as to her loyalty to her party’s nominee. In return, she was named Secretary of State in Obama’s new administration. Refused to resign her Senate seat, however, until she was officially confirmed, then proved to be a loyal soldier, while secretly chafing at her secondary role, although the two would eventually find a satisfactory rhythm by 2010, with her playing the hard-nose, and he the negotiator, with problem-solving as their mutual connection. Embarrassed by leaked cables by the whistleblowing sight WikiLeaks, in which she asked diplomats to spy on colleagues at the UN, among other underhanded activities, she bitterly denounced the revelations, calling them a dangerous attack on the international community. Proved the decisive factor in entering the Libyan fray in 2011, along with her sisters-in-arms, UN envoy Susan Rice and national security adviser, Samantha Powers, who had called her a monster during the 2008 Democratic primaries. The trinity would prove far more hardcore than the dithering president, and force his hand into action, thanks to the Valkyries in his midsts. Following the assassination of Osama bin Laden, shortly afterwards, she continued her hawkish posturing, promising America’s wars would continue ad infinitum. More outspoken in other realms as well, in her desire to leave a strong imprint on her office during her last projected year as the voice and personality of State. Subject to blood clots, she may have been involved in a plane crash in late 2012 that killed a top US Navy Seal Commander when their military transport landed near the Iraqi border, while on a secret mission to Iran. The incident was totally covered up, and may have caused the concussion and fainting spell that prevented her from testifying about the deadly attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya which saw 4 Americans killed, including the U.S. ambassador, in yet another display of illusion-making on her part. Wound up breaking all records with numbers of countries visited with 112. Came out with her account of her years as Secretary of State, “Hard Choices” in 2014, which was more about the $13 million advance she received, than any insightful view of her time in office. Able to remain an odds-on favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, despite alienating the progressives in her party, with her unwillingness to stand up for anything that ran counter to national polls. After a name change from the Clinton Foundation to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Foundation, she was forced to take direct responsibility for a stream of conflict-of-interest revelations of soliciting funds from at least 60 corporations that were lobbying the State Dept. during her term as Secretary of State. in addition her use of a private e-mail account while in office to avoid having her communications accessed by the public, made her look furtive and below board in her diplomatic dealings. Announced her presidential run on social media in mid-April of 2015, with a basic strategy of going slow and small as a warm, loving figure, despite her secretive, calculating nature. Won the support of a host of different women’s groups, while liberal and progressive organizations initially shunned her, thanks to her close association with the banking and investment industries and her speaker fee of $200,000 a pop, putting her squarely in their debt. Shortly after announcing, someone turned over her father’s headstone, just to show how ugly the presidential campaign would be. Challenged by Bernie Sanders’s populist socialism, she soon saw him creeping past her in the polls, thanks to his anti-corporate message and her rote campaign style. Able, however, to put her State controversies largely to rest, thanks in part to an admission by the Benghazi Committee, one of the longest in Congressional his/story, that the deaths of four Americans by Islamic terrorists at an American diplomatic compound in Libya in 2012, was largely a means of trying to drive her numbers down in the polls, as was the brouhaha around using a private server for her e-mails. Moving ever leftward in her pronouncements, while being careful not to alienate centrists, she solidified her frontrunner status with a strong performance in the initial October 2015 Democratic debate, then handled the Benghazi Committee with aplomb in her long day testifying about both her e-mails and the loss of life at the embassy. Trust issues would continue to dog her, as Sanders swept her in the West, once more making her nomination less than an inevitability. Lost 8 of 9 primaries before a solid win in NY got her back on track Finally clinched the nomination by the last Super Tuesday, although her super delegates wouldn't make it official until the convention. Won endorsements from the president and other prominent pols, and shot up in the polls, while trying to unify the party and bring young Sanders supporters to her camp. Just prior to the convention, the FBI found no wrong-doing around her e-mails and private, just carelessness. Chose folksy moderate Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate, then, dressed in a white pants suit to honor the suffragettes of yore, gave an acceptance speech at the DNC, which was easily the most rousing and effective of her career. Able to take full advantage of her Republican rival Donald Trump’s continual flip-flops and Health problems would also lessen her appeal, with rumors of a stroke in 2012, public coughing fits and diminished memory all raising questions about her fitness for office. Has a net worth of some $100 million, making the Clinton’s the richest former first family in American his/story, second only to George Washington (George C. Marshall) and the JFK family. Showed herself well-prepared and in control in her first debate with Trump, easily handling him, although continued to remain an unpopular and distrusted figure with the American electorate. Their second and third debates were also wins for her, as her lead over him spread thanks in no small part to his extreme misogyny, as well as his inability to project the temperament required for effective leadership. Both WikiLeaks and the FBI released damaging information at the neared of the campaign, and she wound up losing the electoral vote 227-304 to Trump, while winning the popular vote by more than two million. Gave a gracious concession speech the following morning, calling for young people, particularly young women to continue to fight for what they believed in, before retreating to lick her wounds. Fully supported a voter recount effort in three key states afterwards, although it came to naught, while she blamed Russian hacking into the electoral process because of a dislike Vladimir Putin has for her. The real message behind the loss was that the Clintons and their cohorts had made the Democratic Party their personal fiefdom for a generation and it was finally time for a change in leadership. Glumly attended the Trump inauguration, receiving a smattering of boos in the process. In her 2017 finger-pointing memoir,.”What Happened” she blamed everyone but herself for her loss.. At the same time she ruled out running again, but remained committed to public service. The book allegedly totally alienated her husband from herself to the point of not speaking to one another. Inner: Hard-driving, non-introspective, extremely self-controlled and highly ambitious, as a prototype for the aggressive female side of partnerships in power. Great powers of concentration and highly self-disciplined, with a profound disregard for those below her. Foul-tempered and completely insensitive to the needs of her subordinates, giving them the shortest of shrifts. Not a particularly effective speaker, far more the rationalist than the emotionalist. Willing to compromise mightily in her husband’s compulsive philandering, in order to maintain a power-base with him. The victim of much sexual innuendo, concerning her own preferences and longtime lightning rod for the right, despite her own moderate positions on most issues. Has often played the victim to win public sympathy for herself. Emerging and submerging lifetime of trying to integrate her strong self will with popular will and wishing to be respected for who she is, rather than who most people would prefer her to be, despite ultimately pandering to the latter perception. Helen Taft (Helen Herron) (1861-1943) - American political helpmate. Known as “Nellie.” Outer: Of Irish and English descent. Father was a lawyer and politician, who had been a college classmate of future president Benjamin Harrison (Walter Mondale), as well as a law partner of future chief executive Rutherford B. Hayes (Jimmy Carter). Mother was both the daughter and sister of a congressman. Had a privileged upbringing, with politics deeply ingrained into her blood. 5th of 10 children, with seven sisters and two brothers. Thin, and of medium height, with brown hair and brown eyes. At 17, she was a house-guest in the White House of the Hayeses, and announced she would someday marry someone destined for the same abode. Graduated from Miami Univ. in Ohio, and made her social debut at 19. Taught in private schools, and with a pair of friends, began a literary salon, which attracted fellow Cincinnatian William Howard Taft (Bill Clinton) and a subsequent tempestuous courtship twixt the two. Initially shocked and angry that he proposed, she was unwilling to make such an emotional commitment, although after several more proposals, both via correspondence and in person, she relented. True to her self-fulfilling prophecy, in 1886, she married Taft, 3 children from the union, including a future conservative senator, Robert Taft (Bobby Jindal) and college president Helen Herron Taft (Chelsea Clinton). Intensely political and highly ambitious for her husband, she constantly pushed him in his career, while competing with his mother for control over him. Edited his speeches, listened to congressional debates, and continually tried to manipulate him into a run for the White House, when he had a clear preference for the judiciary. After the century’s turn, he was appointed governor-general of the Philippines, a position she quickly learned to love. As Philippine first lady, she threw herself into her duties, learning Spanish, deliberately inviting Filipinos to state functions contra earlier separatist policies, and taking good will tours to remote islands and provinces. Thoroughly enjoyed being a crypto-queen, and quite reluctantly left Malacanan Palace to return to ordinary existence at the end of his stint. Became a cabinet wife, which she found anticlimactic, and then finally achieved her goal, when her spouse was designated as Pres. Theodore Roosevelt’s (Kathleen Kennedy) successor in 1908, despite his continued desire to be on the Supreme Court, a position denied his father, who had similar ambitions. After his election, she broke precedent when she accompanied Taft on his Inauguration Day drive from the Capitol to the reviewing stand. Established a very formal White House, including liveried footmen, and initiated the practice of following state dinners with musicals or theatrical presentations. Suffered a paralytic stroke from worry after 2 1/2 months as First Lady, which paralyzed her right side and her facial muscles, but she recovered by the 3rd year to become a viable hostess again. A lively invalid, she filled all the rooms of the executive mansion to overflowing with exotic plants, and continued to entertain lavishly. Had several nervous collapses, largely from having her own sense of power restrained, but always rallied afterwards. Had to be taught to speak again after her stroke, and had a speech impairment for the rest of her life, thanks to a very slow recovery. Nevertheless, she participated as actively as she could in her husband’s presidency, sitting in on conferences and attending congressional debates. Imported 3000 cherry blossoms from Tokyo to give Washington its traditional spring look, then had great difficulty in leaving the White House, but was active in the suffragette movement afterwards. Became the first First Lady to publish her memoirs, Recollections of Full Yearswhich came out in 1914, and remained in Washington following her husband’s death, outliving him by 13 years. Continued her activism with a host of organizations, and died at home, before becoming only one of two First Ladies buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Inner: Intelligent, high-strung and extremely ambitious, with a great need to be active and relevant. Reserved and literary, with a coldness that hampered making friends easily. Very controlling.and moody. Queen-at-heart, with a regal sense about her. Corseted lifetime of literally being made to feel her helplessness as a political shadow rather than a substantive figure, once she had achieved her early goal, making for a great desire for a repeat future White House residency, and then a run on her own, in order to try to finally actualize her longtime personal ambitions. James Warren (1726-1808) - American politician. Outer: Oldest son of a Mayflower descendant on his father’s side. Graduated Harvard in 1745, and became a merchant, then a lawyer and gentleman farmer. In 1754, he married Mercy Otis (Bill Clinton), the sister of politician James Otis (Vince Foster), 5 sons. Commissioned during the Revolutionary War, but resigned because he refused to be subordinated to an officer of lesser rank. A good organizer, he spent the war working for the Eastern Dept. He and his wife proved to be a very prominent power couple of the American revolutionary period, and were close to the center of events throughout the early founding of the United States. Very active politically and socially. Member of the Mass. lower House, but was defeated for re-election because of his military waffling. Declined several positions, then became Speaker of the Mass. House, but his stands alienated allies. Political enemy of John Hancock (Newt Gingrich). Finally retired from active politics to become a scientific farmer. Defeated in his subsequent tries for election and ended his life querulous and feeling rejected. Inner: Idealistic, Jeffersonian Democrat, with a strong belief in the will of the powerless. Initially popular, then contentious and disliked. Frustrated lifetime of taking strong principled stands and actively pursuing a career that would eventually reject him, giving him great pause about his ongoing quest for the public love and trust in male form, and who and what he should really be to finally win it on his own terms. Margaret Cavendish, duchess of Newcastle (Margaret Lucas) (Margaret Lucas) (1624?-1674) - English writer. Outer: 8th and youngest child of an English aristocrat, who was an Irish privy councilor, and died when she was a year old. Mother proved to be a shrewd manager, with little or no male help, and provided her with an exemplar of female cleverness, strength and fortitude. Educated at home, while spending half the year in London. Brought to the royal court in 1643, at the outset of the English Civil War as maid of honor to Queen Henrietta Maria (Queen Mother Elizabeth) and served her in exile in Paris, but intensely disliked the role and the displacement. Escaped her position through marriage in 1645 to the much older, by over three decades, William Cavendish (Bill Clinton), becoming his 2nd wife, to the disapproval of both queen and courtiers. Barren, with no interest in domesticity, the couple moved to Antwerp, where they lived in relative poverty. Her brother Charles was executed in 1648, and three years later, she went to England with her brother-in-law Charles Cavendish (Al Gore) for a year and a half to try to gain something from her Royalist husband’s sequestered estates, to offset their debts, but failed to do so. While there she published a set of poems in which she propounded her own derivative atomistic theory. Returned for good after the 1660 Restoration of the crown when their estates were partially restored. Viewed as an eccentric because of her intellectualizing and devotion to self-expression, and derided by the court, she decided to retire to the country, which suited her far better. Wrote continuously throughout her adult life, including a celebrated biography of her husband, as well as plays and more philosophic treatises. Kept a large contingent of young women about her, who occasionally wrote down what she said. Some of them slept in a room next to hers, so that they would be ready any hour of the day or night, at the tinkle of her bell, to commit her thoughts to paper. Served as a teacher, in this way, to incipient feminist consciousness, and predeceased her aged husband by two years. Subsequently, he had an elaborate funeral procession in London for her, while later his’n’herstory would have a mixed view of her talents as a writer. Inner: Pre-feminist, although very wrapped up in her husband’s position and career. Saw that men undervalued women, and was very much interested in expressing her own private sense of power. Pen-in-hand lifetime of developing her communication skills from an observational and quasi-feminist perspective during a time when such things were frowned upon by the controlling patriarchy. John Paston (1421-1466) - English country gentleman and letter writer. Outer: Father was William Paston (Kenneth Starr), a judge, who built the family’s modest standing through his connections, and also by marrying an heiress. Spent some time at Cambridge, and in 1440, through his parents efforts, married a Norfolk heiress, Margaret Mauteby (Bill Clinton), 5 sons and 2 daughters from union, including his eldest, John Paston (Vince Foster). After his father’s death in 1444, he divided his time between his Norfolk estates and his London chambers. Did legal work in London for his kinsmen, and sat in Parliament as a knight of the shire for Norfolk, while exercising some influence with the king, Edward IV (Ethan Hawke). A friend of his wife’s cousin, John Fastolf (Robert Dole), with whom he conducted a correspondence, which has come to be known as the Paston Letters. On Fastolf’s death, he produced a questionable will dated 2 days before his death, which entitled him to his considerable possessions. Despite his seemingly legal claim to them, the inheritance elicited considerable jealousies, and he was forced to spend the rest of his life trying to maintain his hold on those estates against the dukes of Norfolk and Suffolk, spending some time in jail during the process, while his wife competently dealt with their mutual problems. Some of his lands were overtaken, as the duke of Norfolk took Fastolf’s castle at Caister in 1461. Had difficulties with his eldest and same-named son over his lack of ambition and judgment. Inner: Hard, self-seeking, unsympathetic, grudged his siblings’ claim on his father’s provisions. Cool, calculating, cunning. Slick Hillary lifetime of honing his communication skills, while showing his devious nature in laying claim to lands not his own, and then trying to defend them in a curious preview of some of the personalities of 20th century American politics.


Storyline: The punishing patriarch finds his former son guilty of misjudgment and takes a karmic family affair and makes it his own private crusade, only to wind up being judged as totally lacking in judicial restraint in his dogged obsession with his own sense of justice.

Kenneth Starr (1946) - American lawyer. Outer: Father was a South Texas fundamentalist minister, had a conservative, traditional upbringing. Traumatized in the 6th grade by a teacher who wrongly accused him of sneaking through a lunch-line without paying, he vowed to become a servant of the truth afterwards, while viewing lies as venal weapons. Attended George Washington Univ., and married Alice Mendell in 1970, 2 daughters and a son from the union. Appointed law clerk to the U.S. Court of Appeals, then became a law clerk to Chief Justice Warren Burger from 1975 to 1977. Continued with his Washington posts, serving as counselor to the attorney general from 1981 to 1983 and federal appellate court judge in D.C. from 1983 to 1989. Afterwards, he rose to be a partner in a Washington law firm, with his own Republican political agenda, and fashioned a successful career for himself, with a secret ambition to be a Supreme Court justice. Became a Solicitor General for the first Bush administration, but was bypassed for the Supreme Court, despite making the short list, and returned to private practice, running the offices of a Washington law firm. Through politics and powerful clients, including the American Tobacco Industry, he was appointed in 1994 as a special prosecutor to investigate the possibility of financial irregularities in Bill Clinton’s dealings around the Whitewater land development, when he was governor of Arkansas. After $40 million and no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing, he was prepared to take an administrative teaching post, but was prevailed upon by his patrons to continue the hunt. A largely passive figure, with no real prosecutorial experience, he relied heavily on his staff of mostly second-rate lawyers and switched his investigation to Clinton’s sex life. Uncovered an affair he had with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky, while co-operating with a second set of lawyers representing Paula Corbin Jones in her sexual harassment suit of the president. In 1998, he presented a truckload of papers to Congress with allegedly impeachable offenses against the president, including perjuring himself under oath and obstructing justice, causing the House of Representatives to open impeachment inquiries, which ultimately failed. Obsessively hounded the president to such degree, that he became the focus of the wrath of the American public, rather than his quarry, putting the role of special prosecutor up for future question, while accruing little to his own name. Became a part-time law school teacher while writing about the Supreme Court from his own personal experience First Among Equals, in 2002, and 2 years later he became dean of the law school at Pepperdine Univ. Involved in a number of high profile cases, before becoming the 14th president of Baylor Univ. in 2010, then also made chancellor in 2013, only to have the Board of Regents strip him of his presidency in May of 2016, after failing to deal with sexual assault charges involving the football team. He would be allowed, however, to continue as a professor at the university’s law school, while his chancellorship would also be under question. Inner: Extremely conservative moralist with a highly obsessive nature, and an unfortunate instinct for controversy. Hounding the hound dog lifetime of attaching his fame, if not quite his fortune, to the peccadilloes of his former son, and riding it for all it was worth, which ultimately turned out to be nothing. Alphonso Taft (1810-1891) - American jurist and ambassador. Outer: Father was a farmer who became a judge and a member of the Vermont legislature. Raised on a farm and attended local schools, and taught school at 16 to help finance his education. Went to Yale University, where he cofounded the secret society, Skull and Bones, along with a known opium trafficker, while teaching and working his sire’s farm during the summers, as well as walking back and forth from college to New Haven in order to save money. Never implicated in his co-founder’s activities, although Skull & Bones would go on to produce a host of characters tied up in a variety of nefarious activities, in the hidden spheres of power and control behind the U.S.’s subsequent meteoric rise as a major global player. Graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1833, as the first member of his family to complete his higher education. Taught and tutored before studying law at his alma mater, and was admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1838. Decided to move to the Midwest where he would have less competition and settled in Cincinnati in 1839, after being admitted to the Ohio bar. Quickly established a lucrative practice, which ultimately spanned 34 years, although he was more politically than money-oriented. A longtime Whig, he became interested in local politics and helped found the Republican Party in Cincinnati. Married Fanny Phelps in 1841, who died of tuberculosis 11 years later. 5 children from union, 3 dying in infancy, son Charles Taft (Harry Thomason) became a successful lawyer and publisher, while his other surviving son, Peter Rawson Taft (Vince Foster) would suffer emotional problems from his prodding, and ultimately die in a sanitarium, after laboring in his law firm. Married Louise Torrey (Linda Bloodworth-Thomason), the daughter of a Boston merchant and his fourth cousin twice removed, in 1853, 4 out of 5 children survived, including son William Howard Taft (Bill Clinton), who would go on to become President of the U.S. Two other sons and a daughter, as well, incluing Horace, a noted educator. A stern disciplinarian, and highly critical of his brood in order to prod them to better things. He and his wife were intellectual equals, and both believed in directly expressing love to their children. A Republican delegate to the National Convention in 1856, and an alternate 4 years later. Became a judge of the Cincinnati Superior Court for 3 terms, then served as Secretary of War under Pres. U. S. Grant (Omar Bradley), and later was his Attorney General. Held a secret ambition to be a Supreme Court justice, which his son eventually actualized. Ended his active career as Minister to Austria-Hungary and then Russia, although fell sick with typhoid pneumonia in the latter role, and teetered on the edge before returning home in 1886, with his health still quite precarious. Remained in Cincinnati until 1890, when his health became so tenuous, he was urged to retire to Southern California, where he lived another two years. Wound up leaving an estate of $482.80 and a house. Inner: Conservative traditionalist, initially preferring to be a big fish in a small pond. Possessed integrity and character, rather than any sense of daring. Dour and industrious, with a sweet and gentle nature, but also a firmness of purpose, and great ambition for his progeny. Studious and widely read, as well. Despite a relatively high profile career, largely undistinguished in all he did, garnering his ultimate fame by being the father of a famous son. Footnote lifetime of fame by proximity, a pathway he would continue to pursue his next go-round. James Otis, Sr. (1702-1778) - American colonel and justice. Outer: Fifth generation American. Father was a judge, colonel of militia and political representative. Had a brother John, who also had a public political life. Largely self-educated, he followed his sire’s career, becoming a lawyer and colonial publicist before achieving the same rank as colonel of the militia, a judge of the Common pleas, a judge of the probate court and a member of the Council of Massachusetts. Known as Colonel Otis. In his early 20s, he married Mary Alleyne, 13 children from the union, with several dying young, while his son of the same name, James Otis, Jr. (Vince Foster), played an important role in the pre-revolutionary war period, and far outshone his progenitor. His youngest son, Samuel Alleyne Otis, was also a prominent political figure of the time. Wanted to be appointed to the Chief-Justice post, but was snubbed by the governor in favor of Thomas Hutchinson (Aaron Sorkin) angering him and frustrating him greatly. At the same time, in 1761, he was reelected as Speaker of the House, and with his son’s help, pushed through an act which would begin the process of protecting American colonists from the long reach of their British colonial masters. Although the British colonial governor refused to approve the legislation, a blow had been struck for ultimate independence. Lived long enough to see independence a real possibility if not quite yet an actuality. Inner: Prototype lifetime of producing a son who would far outshine his own achievements, an ongoing theme of his, as goad and critic of his next generation to greater things than his own circumscribed capabilities. William Paston (1378-1444) - English judge. Outer: From the gentry class. Father was a plain husbandman who cultivated his own 100 acres. The family held no manor, as well as a humble genealogy, although its later generation tried to exaggerate it in claiming the estate of John Fastolf (Robert Dole). Founder of the family fortune after his father had to borrow money to keep him in law school. Also supported by a maternal uncle. Married Bridget Heydon, an heiress, 4 sons and a daughter from the union, including John Paston (Hillary Clinton). In 1413, he was made a court steward by a friendly bishop, and in 1421 he became a serjeant-at-law. In 1429, he was appointed a justice of the common pleas, and given 2 robes, an unusual bequeathal, connoting good connections. Noted for his fair conduct on the bench, winning the title of the ‘Good Judge.’ As a trustee and executor of numerous estates, he was involved in many judicial disputes, although he tried to be an impartial upholder of the law. Inner: Black-robed lifetime of self-creation from modest circumstances, while showing his usual mode of operation, finding powerful support and employing his extremely modest talents to maximum career benefit for himself.


Storyline: The unhappy advocate struggles mightily with his own diminished sense of self-worth, before continually sacrificing his life to a deep feeling of guilt and inadequacy within, after earlier showing himself to be quite the opposite, until literally being struck by lightning, in order to completely rearrange his internal workings.

Vince Foster (Vincent Walker Foster, Jr.) (1945-1993) - American lawyer. Outer: Father was a successful real estate agent. One of three children, with two sisters. A neighbor of future president Bill Clinton, and nineteen months older, the two were connected until the latter’s family moved when their son was 6. Always wanted to be a lawyer and join the state’s oldest law firm, Rose, which he eventually did. A good athlete, and quite popular, he wound up president of his class in high school, before going on to Davidson College, then opted for the law, rather than the family real estate business, as his progenitor had wished. Went to Vanderbilt Law School, before joining the Arkansas National Guard during the Vietnam War era. Tall, handsome, well-mannered, soft-spoken and elegant. In 1968, he married Lisa Braden, the daughter of an insurance broker, two sons and a daughter from the union. Transferred to the Univ. of Arkansas Law School to accommodate his military responsibilities and wound up editor of the law review, and first in his graduating class of 1971. Aced the Arkansas bar exam in similar manner, and the same year, he actualized his childhood ambition and joined Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, becoming a partner three years later. Oversaw legal aid through the auspices of the Arkansas Bar Association, and while so engaged, met Hillary Rodham, whom he helped join Rose Law, where she became the firm’s initial female associate, and then partner. Specialized in business litigation, earning a handsome salary, as the very model of a well-tailored establishmentarian, with an excellent reputation that transcended Arkansas. Became entwined in the Clintonian political circle, and later would try to smooth over records of their financial dealings in preparation for them stepping up to the national stage. After Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992, he joined his White House staff as Deputy White House counsel, despite an initial reluctance on his part. Didn’t particularly care for the competitive atmosphere of Washington, where “ruining people is considered sport.” Began getting anxious and depressed over his high profile role, and his failures to gain nominations for several Clinton cabinet appointees, as well as having to continually clean up potential messes brought about by their earlier careless dealings. Both his wife and one son had remained in Little Rock, so he didn’t have the nurturance of his family either. By the summer, he was the target of snide rumor and editorials, questioning his integrity around a burgeoning travel office scandal. Began losing weight and suffering from insomnia, and considered resigning, although to do so would have been to admit failure and cause him even greater public humiliation. A week before his death, he was ridiculed by Hillary in a meeting with his peers and took it deeply to heart. Suffering from deep depression over his perceived Washington failures,, he went to a park and shot himself in the mouth with an antique .38 caliber revolver. His death would be officially ruled a suicide by three different official investigations, including one headed by Kenneth Starr. Nevertheless, it would serve as fodder galore for conspiracy theorists, convinced something far deeper and darker existed beneath its surface. Rumors would also persist that he and Hillary Clinton were more than friends, although in both cases, nothing would substantiate either claim. Inner: Great fear of being judged, holding his reputation as inviolable. Despite a smooth outer surface, a bundle of nerves beneath. Great love and reverence for the law, and a strong family man. Good listener, reserved, self-effacing and a hard worker with a good sense of humor. Victim lifetime of continuing to wrestle with his dualistic nature, and as before, finding self-destruction as the only means to maintain himself. Peter Rawson Taft (1845-1879) - American lawyer. Known as “Rossy.” Outer: From a noted Cincinnati political family. Father was Alphonso Taft (Kenneth Starr), and mother was his first wife. One of five children, with three dying in infancy. Younger brother of Charles Phelps Taft (Harry Thomason). Named after his paternal grandfather. His mother died of tuberculosis in 1852, and his father remarried the following year to Louise Torrey (Linda Bloodworth-Thomason). Five more children followed, with the eldest dying in infancy, and the second, William Howard Taft (Bill Clinton), ultimately becoming president of the U.S. Family pressures to succeed, brought on by his disciplinarian sire, left him a conflicted bundle of nerves, despite his obvious abilities. Went to Yale University, where he was valedictorian, but was so guilt-ridden from his upbringing and the pressures of his high-achievement background, that his mental state remained precarious throughout his life. Got his law degree, and went to work for his father’s firm. A member of the bar in Cincinnati for a goodly number of years, but he ultimately had a nervous breakdown and wound up in a sanitarium, where he died. Inner: Delicate disposition, which was unable to cope with the pressures of his multigenerational family of powerhouse public servants. Traumatized lifetime of failing to meet his own inner standards, as a weak link in a family strongly chained to high achievement, in his ongoing internal rearranging of his highly dualistic persona. James Otis, Jr. (1725-1783) - American lawyer and legislator. Outer: Ancestors were early settlers of Massachusetts. Father James Otis, Sr. (Kenneth Starr) was prominent in Massachusetts politics, as a colonel of militia, a judge and a council member, as his own sire had been. 2nd of 13 children, and the oldest surviving child. Older brother of Mercy Otis Warren (Bill Clinton), in a family that would produce several prominent members. Plump, round-faced and sharp-eyed, with a short neck. Graduated Harvard in 1743, then studied literature before pursuing law at the firm of one of the country’s most distinguished lawyers. Began his practice in Plymouth, before seeking better opportunities in Boston, where his reputation soon soared, thanks to an innate integrity, a high intelligence and a sense of eloquence. Continued his literary studies, and published a book on Latin prosody, which was used as a text at Harvard. In 1755, he married Ruth Cunningham, the daughter of a Boston merchant. 3 children, with their only son dying at the age of 18. His wife remained a loyalist until her death, and never supported his political career, making for a tense union, that had initially enhanced both his social position and his financial standing. After his father was denied the seat of Chief Justice for another, his disappointment propelled him into an active political career, which he began in 1761, when he was elected to the Mass. General Court. Held the crown office of advocate-general from 1756 to 1760, with a high salary, although, out of principle, he resigned to serve as counsel for the merchants of Boston against unfair royal writs. Refused a fee for his work, and gave a speech which would legally ground the coming American Revolution. Questioned whether colonists had to follow laws that they in no way enacted, by stating “a man’s home is his castle,” while challenging British sovereignty through rule of law. Elected a member of the council, he became a leading voice of the incipient revolution, continually arguing for the rights of American colonists against the crown, both in pamphlets and speeches. Introduced the ideal of a separate nation to the American public, and proceeded to be one of its earliest, and most articulate voices, although his contentious personality did little to win him friends, and much to gain him foes. Bitterly opposed the Stamp Act in 1765, while coining the memorable phrase, “Taxation without representation is tyranny.” Elected speaker of the Massachusetts assembly in 1767, and continued to be one of the primary voices against unfair British practices, to the point of being attacked by a commissioner of customs in 1769, who was aided by several military officers. Savagely beaten, he received a sword-cut in the head, from which he never recovered. Began showing signs of a mental disorder, at the same time. Brought suit against his primary attacker, although when the man apologized, he refused to accept a penny in damages. His public life was largely over by this point, although he was again chosen for the state legislature, but was unable to participate in it. By 1775, he had degenerated into harmless insanity, and was living at his sister Mercy’s home. Briefly recovered and participated in battle with the minuteman, and 1778, during a lucid period, argued a case in the court of common pleas. Struck by a bolt of lightning while standing in a doorway talking to his family and leaning on a cane, and was instantly killed. Ironically stated earlier, that that was the way he wished to die. Inner: Commonsensical, eloquent, largely unlikable and fiery, with a great command of language and an unusual intelligence. Unfit for systematic rational judgment, while serving as a literal emotional lightning rod for the revolutionary sentiments of the day. Quick-tempered and abusive, with a facility for alienating everyone. Lightning-struck lifetime of having his full passions at his disposal, to the point of imbalance, before deliberately repressing them in subsequent go-rounds for fear of a similar self-betrayal by reason, only to continue to cripple himself in the process. John Paston (1442-1479) - English courtier and letter-writer. Outer: Eldest son of John Paston (Hillary Clinton) and Margaret Mauteby (Bill Clinton). Had four brothers and two sisters. May have received a Cambridge education like his sire, and afterwards was sent to the court of the newly crowned Edward IV (Ethan Hawke), in order to help secure the family estates against the claims of John Fastolf (Robert Dole). Proved a profligate, greatly angering his sire, despite being knighted in 1463. Withdrew from court and returned home, although soon grew bored with country life and joined the king on a military expedition, further outraging his sire, although his mother allowed him to return home afterwards. Retained his favor at court following his father’s death in 1466, and within two months obtained familial rights to Fastolf’s estates. Having done so, he remained at court, quite pleased with the life there, and settled in London, where he hobnobbed with royalty and the city’s power elite. His family seat was lost in 1469, and after fighting on the losing side of a royal battle, found his own position threatened, although was pardoned, and may have sat in Parliament in 1472. Never married, despite being plighted to a cousin of the queen for many years. Had one daughter by his mistress, Constance Reynforth. Drove his mother and younger brother crazy with his mismanagement of money, although fate always seemed to be kind to him. Had a severe attack of fever and ague in 1474, and suffered permanent damage from it. Exacerbated his condition in France, and ultimately died from his various afflictions. Succeeded to his estates by a younger brother, who also bore his name, John. Contributed to his family’s famous correspondence, showing a mischievous sense of humor and far more interest in trivialities than the dull business of property and money management. Inner: Easy-going, and irresponsible, with an innate charm, and a mixture of both coarseness and cultured refinement. Playboy lifetime of giving voice to a natural rebelliousness, which would serve him greatly in future times, before his warring inner nature subsequently muted him and turned him into a victim of the ongoing ambitions of his longtime family members.


Storyline: The sensitive scion places herself on public display through her formative years, while privately dealing with the strange dynamic of her powerful parents as a trade-off for the unusual opportunities they present her as on ongoing student, on a personal level, of both his’n’herstory.

cChelsea Clinton Mezvinsky (Chelsea Victoria Clinton) (1980) - American political offspring and author. Outer: Of Welsh, British, Scottish, Scots-Irish (Irish, German, Swiss-German, French, and French-Canadian ancestry. Only child of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Spent most of her early life on public view, living in either the Arkansas governor’s mansion or the White House. Forced to deal with the public disclosure of her father’s continual infidelities, although never revealed her own thoughts on the matter. Very close with her parents, although she opted to be educated at Stanford Univ, placing a continent between herself and her progenitors, perhaps as an unconscious mode of separating herself from subsequent embarrassing revelations about her father’s inconstancies. Her awkwardness as a teenager was highlighted as soon as Bill’n’Hill became America’s number one power couple, although she was able to handle the attention, with a poise and maturity that belied her years. Code-named Energy by the Secret Service. Often accompanied her parents on their overseas trips, and gradually evolved into a self-confident person, who accepted her own celebrityhood. 5’9”, with blue eyes and light brown hair. Protected from the prying eyes of the press, and supposedly sought help on campus during the most painful revelations about her father’s ongoing infidelities, while remaining silent in public. Originally leaned towards a career in pediatric medicine, despite a major in his/story, and later gave indication her interest, too, would be in politics. Like her father, she continued her education at Oxford, getting for an M.A. in international relations and economics. Instead of pursuing a law degree afterwards, she went to work for McKinsey & CO. in NYC, a high-power consulting firm, in 2003. In 2006, she switched her focus once again, and joined Avenue Capital, a hedge fund, evincing an initial desire to make money before focusing on any number of avenues available to her in the private sector. Also became far more of a public figure campaigning for her mother in 2008. The following year she announced her engagement to Wall Streeter Marc Mezvinsky, whose father, Rep. Edward Mezvinsky, had pled guilty in 2002 of swindling dozens out of $10 million. The duo were wed in 2010, daughter and son from the union. The following year, she was hired by NBC News to be a full-time correspondent, doing feature stvories. Made an inauspicious debut at the end of 2011 to mixed reviews, with some finding her boring, and others refreshingly unpolished, then, to the surprise of some, renewed her short-term contract afterwards, before joining the Clinton family monetary juggernaut. As such, she enjoys handsome speaker fees, despite a distinct lack of expertise in anything. Also on several corporate boards, thanks to her parents’ deep pocket supporters. Deeply involved in all her mother’s political decisions, and part of the renamed Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, as a pivotal member of her family team’s ongoing desire to reclaim the presidency. In 2015, she published “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!,” as a means of limning the big problems facing the planet for a teenager audience. Codenamed “Energy” by the Secret Service. Inner: Highly intelligent, poised, articulate and a self-identified progressive. Vegetarian and extremely health conscious. Lives in a $10 million dollar condo and many of her friends and associates are extremely wealthy. In 2017, she joined the 14 member board of the online travel site Expedia, for a handsome annual salary, while publishing her second tome for teenagers, “She Persisted” honoring 13 American her/storical figures who “never took no for an answer.” Inner: Highly intelligent, poised and articulate. Vegetarian and extremely health conscious. Probably deeply hurt over the revelations of her father’s continued moral flaws, although able to maintain her own sense of privacy. Fishbowl lifetime of being on public view from birth onwards, as a means of rediscovering herself from the perspective of popular and private judgment. cHelen Herron Taft (1891-1987) - American college president. Outer: Daughter of Nellie Taft (Hillary Clinton) and William Howard (Bill Clinton). The middle of 3 children, including conservative senator Robert A. Taft (Bobby Jindal), and another brother who pursued a political career. Spent part of her teenage years in the White House, and was probably the most like her father of his progeny. Interrupted her education in order to take care of her mother, when she suffered a stroke during her father’s presidency. After getting a scholarship, she got a his/story degree from Bryn Mawr, before completing her education at the family alma mater with a Phd from Yale. Returned afterwards to her own alma mater and became the longtime president of Bryn Mawr college, from 1917 to 1941. Made headlines when she spoke out in favor of aggrieved shirtmakers. A professor of his/story, and head of the his/story department, she wrote several his/storical works, with her speciality on the Canadian, British and American colonial period. In 1920, she married Frederick Johnson Manning, a fellow professor, several years her junior, 2 daughters from the union. Supporter of suffragettes like her mother, and far more liberal than her father. Died of pneumonia. Inner: Highly intelligent, quiet and discreet, with a keen sense of the past. Foundation lifetime of intimately experiencing the White House as a teenager, as well as learning the exigencies of rule through her own college presidency, while continuing her ongoing association with the odd couple of her power-tripping parents, an experience she opted to repeat.


Storyline: The casebook conservative liberally switches ethnicities, but not viewpoints, to position himself once again as his party’s genuine voice of tory orthodoxy, as well as its inclusionary face for the 21st century’s developing openness to minorities as presidential possibilities.

Bobby Jindal (Piyush Jindal) (1971) - American politician and writer. Outer:Of Asian-Indian descent. Parents were immigrants from Punjab, who came to America shortly before their son’s birth, so his father could attend graduate school at LSU. The latter, a physicist, became an information technology director for the Louisiana Department of Labor. Americanized his name to ‘Bobby’ after a character on the popular “Brady Bunch” TV show, at the age of 4. One younger brother who became a lawyer. Raised a Hindu, but converted to Catholicism while in high school. Graduated with honors from Brown Univ. where he majored in biology and public policy, then, after being accepted at both Harvard Medical School and Yale Law, he opted for a career in the public sector and accepted a Rhodes scholarship to New College, Oxford, from which he received an M.A. in political science. Returned to the U.S. and joined a financial consulting firm. 5’9”, with a slim build. In 1996, he married Supriya Jolly, a converted Catholic with a number of degrees and a foundation that focuses on childhood education. one daughter and two sons from the union. The same year, through connections, he was appointed by the Louisiana governor to be secretary of the state’s Department of Health and Hospitals, which took up a huge swath of the state budget, that he helped balance, although was criticized for cutting services to do so.. Held more medically related posts, before being appointed the state’s youngest-ever head of the Univ. of Louisiana school system. In 2001, he was made Assistant Secty of Health and Human Services for Planning and Evaluation, where he served as a principal policy adviser, before resigning to try a run for his state’s governorship in 2003. Despite receiving many key endorsement, and holding conservative Republican stances, he lost to the Democratic candidate, Kathleen Blanco, but gained a statewide following. Able to raise a considerable amount of money for his next race for the U. S. House of Representatives, and easily won in 2004, before gaining an overwhelming 88% of the vote in his reelection bid two years later, after serving on various homeland security and education committees, while voting with the Republican Caucus 97% of the time, and ranking number 14 among proponents of earmark funding. Moved up to the governorship in 2007, handily beating three other opponents to become the youngest chief state executive in the U.S. at the age of 36, as well as the first person of non-European descent to hold that office in Louisiana since Reconstruction. Weathered a weak recall petition by reversing his position on legislative pay raises, ultimately vetoing it. Became a possible vice-presidential contender in the 2008 race, although was ultimately passed over in favor of Gov. Sarah Palin. Learning from his predecessor’s disastrous response to Hurricane Katrina, he effected a smooth and efficient evacuation prior to Hurricane Gustav, at the time of the Republican convention, canceling his own speech during it to oversee a minimal amount of casualties. Militantly antiabortion, anti-conservation, pro-gun and strongly security-minded, supporting all of the George W. Bush administration’s anti-civil liberty and pro-governmental control positions. A creationist as well, he is the author of numerous newspaper and review articles. Remains a definite possibility for the 2012 presidential race as the Republican nominee, thanks to his youth, competence, and unbending conservatism. Proved to be one of the recalcitrant Republican governors in accepting federal stimulus money in the early phases of the Obama administration, because of a need to maintain his obstructionist credentials in that regard, and then gave a poorly received TV rebuttal to Barack Obama’s first address to Congress, lowering his stock considerably. Penned "Leadership and Crisis," afterwards, which was mostly a diatribe against Obama and his failed Gulf oil spill response. Easily won a second term in 2011, with two-thirds of the vote. Subsequently refused to take Medicaid dollars offered under Obamacare, leaving 242,000 of the state’s poorest residents without health care. Wound up running the state’s economy into the ground, with a huge deficit after inheriting a large surplus, thanks to his anti-tax planks. Despite plummeting poll numbers in his own state, he announced his candidacy as number 13 in the Republican sweepstakes, after earlier stating that the Republicans needed to stop being the “stupid party,” despite his approving creationism as part of the state’s school agenda, and cutting considerable funding for Louisiana’s school system. A virulent homophobe and Islamophobe, he would use both stances as the cornerstones of his hoped-for appeal, which did little to attract financial backing to his super PAC, “Believe Again,” while sitting mired on the bottom of most polls. Saw the passage of marriage equality as a potential trampling of religious liberty, and would like to get rid of the Supreme Court entirely as answer to that apostasy in his eyes. Never remotely caught on and wound up dropping out of the race at the neared of 2015, claiming it “wasn’t his time.” Inner: Cerebral, staunchly conservative in all his viewpoints, and hugely ambitious, while deliberately opening up his personality to be more universally electable. Considers himself an “evangelical Catholic.” Eye upon the prize lifetime of following his former crypto-father’s pathway of Rhodes scholarship and youthful Southern governorship as a potential pathway to the White House, despite little real chance of achieving it. Robert Taft (Robert Alphonso Taft) (1889-1953) - American politician. Outer: From a multi-generation political family from Cincinnati. Mother was Nellie Taft (Hillary Clinton), father was future president William Howard Taft (Bill Clinton). Oldest of three children, including younger sister Helen (Chelsea Clinton). Although his sire wanted to name him after his own sire, his mother prevailed in her choice of first appellation. Took on his mother’s coldness as well, which ultimately limited his greater political ambitions. Spent part of his boyhood in the Philippines, where his father was governor, and when he was 19, the latter was elected to the White House, a residence he coveted himself. Went to his uncle’s eponymous Taft School, then graduated Yale University, before going on to Harvard Law, from which he graduated in 1913, after editing the Law Review. The following year, he married Martha Wheaton-Bowers, an heiress and daughter of his father’s former U.S. Solicitor General, four sons from the union, including one, Robert Taft, Jr. who followed the family tradition and became a senator, as well as another who became a dean at Yale. They, in turn, would produce yet another generation dedicated to elective public service. His gregarious wife would offset his innate chillness, and serve as an excellent support and confidante for him. The family lived on a 46 acre farm dubbed Sky Farm, which eventually housed a 16 room mansion. After practicing law for four years with a Cincinnati firm, he was rejected by the military for poor eyesight, and, instead, moved to Washington to work for the Food and Drug Administration, then the American Relief Administration, before returning to his native city to open his own law firm. The experience convinced him of the inefficiency of bureaucracies in dealing with problems. Tall and large-framed. Partnered with his brother and others in 1924 in another firm, with which he would be connected his entire working life. Began his political career by being elected to the Ohio State House of Representatives in 1921. After serving there until 1926, he moved up to the State Senate for a term in 1930, before he was defeated for reelection, which caused him to return to his law practice. A poor public speaker, he made up for his deficiencies through hard work, making him a state force in Republican politics. Elected senator from Ohio in 1939, he became known as Mr. Republican for his frugal, conservative isolationist stances, as well as his firm opposition to all New Deal legislation. Served 3 terms in that august body, with only his second a tight elective race. Pro-civil rights and progressive on public housing and education, although anti-anything that smacked of socialism to his mind, as an uncompromising libertarian. Failed to garner the Republican nomination in 1940, losing to Wendell Willkie (Barack Obama), and spent the decade battling the more moderate Thomas E. Dewey for control of the party. Lost the nomination to Dewey in 1948, and then Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952, in what he thought was his best chance at the elusive former residence of his progenitor. His best known piece of legislation would be the Taft-Hartley act of 1947, which was pro-management in all potential labor disputes. Always an anti-communist nationalist, he was severely critical of NATO. In 1949, his wife suffered a stroke and became an invalid. Tended to her both publicly and privately, contra his popular image of being frozen-hearted. Served as Eisenhower’s trusted Senate Majority Leader until cancer forced him to transfer his duties to another. Ultimately died of a brain hemorrhage. Posthumously nominated by the Senate as one of the 5 best ever to serve in that legislative body. Inner: Sober-sided, repressed, intelligent, hardworking and competent, albeit without the fire or color for the country’s highest office. Dominant senatorial figure, with a deep sense of integrity and a consistent voice against the social powers of national government. Imbued with the family’s ideal of public service, and the idea of the law as his life’s pathway. Had a quiet sense of humor, and a large briefcase, which he always kept close at hand. Eye upon the prize lifetime of acting on public principle while using his considerable will to great advantage among his fellow politicians, although unable to summon the requisite sense of personality to become a more universally loved political figure of his times.


Storyline: The familial loyalist aids and abets his crypto-brother through two presidencies, as a behind-the-scenes orchestrator, while evincing a keen business acumen in all he does, as well as a facility for popular communication in the various media available to him.

Harry Z. Thomason (1940) - American producer, writer and director. Outer: Father was a Baptist deacon. After finishing school, he moved to Little Rock, where he served as a high school speech teacher and football coach, before becoming a film producer, beginning with Encounter with the Unknown in 1973. Began writing and directing as well during the 1970s, with a bunch of low budget fare, before moving onto TV, where he produced several TV movies, and then became a series producer. As such, he met and married Linda Bloodworth in 1983, no children from the union. Formed a production company, Mozark Productions, named after their two native states, Missouri and Arkansas, and together they produced several hit TV series, including “Designing Woman,” which aired between 1986 and 1992, and “Evening Shade,” which had a four year run in the early 1990s. Helped uplift the image of Southerners in those productions from ignorant hicks, to more sophisticated and witty archetypes. A close friend of Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, he worked in damage control during the early phases of his run for the presidency, working to deflate rumors of his marital inconstancy, then helped produce, along with his wife, The Man From Hope, which ran at the 1992 Democratic convention, and fleshed-out the winning candidate for president that year to the country. Along with his wife, he also was co-chair of the Inauguration Committee. Subsequently served as the president’s image consultant and media connection, while also running a charter air service along with a partner for the Clinton administration. The enterprise would erupt in scandal, because of financial irregularities, and a staff less than loyal to the Clintons, which the press and the president’s numerous enemies gleefully exploited as Travelgate. Adopted a much lower profile afterwards, before reappearing during his friend’s second term, when he worked on damage control once again, during the subsequent Monica Lewinsky sex scandal, helping to fashion his defense to the American public, before testifying before the Grand Jury during his impeachment hearings. After Clinton finished serving his two terms, he continued working on burnishing the ex-president’s image for posterity, including a 2004 documentary, The Hunting of the President, which limned the efforts to discredit the Clintons. Helped Hillary Clinton in her first Senate campaign in 2000 with Hillary 2000, and has continued producing series with a Southern flavor with his wife into the new century. Inner: Extremely loyal, and an adept communicator. Brotherly love lifetime of remaining closely connected with his various crypto-family members, while using his well-wrought communication skills to further both their aims and his. Charles Phelps Taft (1843-1929) - American lawyer, publisher and entrepreneur. Outer: From a high profile multigenerational Cincinnati political family. Father was Alphonso Taft (Ken Starr), who would go on to a career as a judge and ambassador. One of five children with three dying in infancy. Older brother of Peter Rawson Taft (Vince Foster), whose weaker disposition fared less well in his highly disciplined, achievement oriented household. His mother died of tuberculosis in 1852, when he was 9, and his father remarried Louise Torrey (Linda Bloodworth-Thomason). Five more children ensued, with the first dying in infancy, and the second, William Howard Taft (Bill Clinton) eventually becoming president with his advice and financial help. Also had two more half-brothers and a half-sister. After going to Phillips Academy in Massachusetts, he graduated Yale Univ. in 1864, and two years later received a degree from Columbia Univ’s law department, after which he was admitted to the bar. Gaining a fluency in German, as well as French, he went to the Sorbonne in Paris and then Heidelberg, Germany, where he received an advanced law degree from the university there in both canon and civil law. Began his own law practice in his native Cincinnati, where he married Annie Sinton, the heiress to a pig iron fortune in 1873, after finishing a term in the state House of Representatives. Two daughters and a son from the union. In 1879, he added publisher to his resumé, when he became co-owner and editor of the Cincinnati Times, along with his father-in-law, after the two purchased controlling interest. Bought the Cincinnati Star soon afterwards and merged the two, as the foremost Republican daily in the state. Also owned the Cincinnati Volksblatt, an influential German language paper, and eventually became sole proprietor of his various periodicals. Active in numerous civic affairs, he showed an abiding interest in public school education, and founded the Cincinnati Zoological Gardens, serving as its director. In addition to being a big fish in a small city pond, he had a brief political career as a Republican member of the House of Representatives for two years in the mid-1890s, while also holding several Cincinnati city posts. Returned to his modest publishing empire afterwards, and greatly helped his half-brother William in his own political career, which culminated in the presidency in 1908. Served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1908 and 1912, when his brother was the nominated candidate. Following his sibling’s defeat in 1912, he briefly was the co-owner of the Chicago Cubs baseball team from 1914 to 1916. A noted art collector, as well, he was by far, the most cultured member of his family, and traveled extensively in Europe throughout his busy adult life. Inner: Far more effective behind the scenes than in front of them. Big fish in a small pond lifetime of continuing to develop both his communication and entrepreneurial skills within the framework of a high-achievement family, as an invaluable support to his far more politically adept brother.


Storyline: The designing woman parlays a good-humored sensibility into a high profile career surrounded by former members of her crypto-family, whom she continues to serve through her creative skills and innate commercial sense.

Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (Linda Bloodworth) (1947) - American writer and producer. Outer: From a family of lawyers. Her paternal grandfather, who served as primary source of inspiration, was a fiery Arkansas civil rights activist, who moved the family to Missouri, after getting shot by a KKKer. All five of his sons became lawyers. Grew up in a highly verbal liberal house as a small-town Southern belle, and was taught to be nice to everyone. One older brother also became a lawyer. A cheerleader in high school, she was voted “most popular” in her class. Received a B.A. degree in English from the Univ. of Missouri. Had originally thought of going to law school, but moved to Los Angeles instead, and went to work for the Wall Street Journal in advertising, before joining the Los Angeles Daily Journal as a reporter. Tried teaching English in the Watts section for two years, but found the experience overwhelmingly frustrating, at which point, she started freelance writing for television, contributing to several series, including 5 episodes for “M*A*S*H*,” for which she was nominated for a pair of Emmys. “Ladies Home Journal” honored her in 1975 as Woman of the Year for Outstanding Writing in Comedy, and two years later she joined Columbia Pictures Television as an independent producer, where she mother-henned the short-lived series, “Filthy Rich,” after tiring of laboring on other people’s projects. Her best known series would be “Designing Women,” which ran from 1986 to 1992, followed by the hit, “Evening Shade,” which aired from 1990 to 1994. Both would run counter to the stereotype of dimwitted Southerners, and allow her to reclaim her heritage, after initially rejecting it. Became the first American writer ever to pen 35 consecutive episodes of a series, with the first season of “Designing Women.” In 1983, she married Harry Thomason, another producer with whom she had worked, and after adding his name to hers, they formed Mozark Productions, with the ideal of uplifting entertainment. The company was named after their respective home states, Missouri and Arkansas. Subsequently has received numerous awards for her efforts, as well as for her involvement in health and women’s issues. When Bill Clinton, an old friend of her husband’s, began his campaign for the presidency in 1992, she produced the acclaimed documentary, The Man From Hope, which ran at the Democratic National Convention. Along with her husband, she served as co-chair of the subsequent Presidential Inauguration following his electoral victory. Subsequently directed and produced A Place Called America for the 1996 Democratic Convention, then penned her first novel, “Liberating Paris,” later in the decade. To honor her mother, she created the Claudia Foundation, which provided scholarships for girls in her and her husband’s home states, who would not otherwise be able to attend college. Continues her TV series work into the new century, with an ongoing focus on exploring Southern idioms and personalities. Inner: Good-humored, honest and conscientious. Prefers to think of her TV work as novelistic, rather than sitcoms. Pen-in-hand lifetime of working with longtime family members as an equal, after many a go-round of serving as a background support, who had to realize her ambitions through others because of the limitations put on her gender by the times. Louise Taft (Louisa Torrey) (1827-1907) - American political helpmate. Outer: Oldest daughter of a Boston merchant and his second wife, who was extremely strong-willed and passed her feistiness on to her progeny. Had three younger sisters. Went to Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, from which she graduated in 1845. In 1853, she married her fourth cousin twice removed, Alphonso Taft (Kenneth Starr), who had lost his first wife the previous year. Inherited his two sons, including Charles Phelps Taft (Harry Thomason) and together the couple produced five more children, with their first son dying in infancy, and their second, William Howard Taft (Bill Clinton) attaining the presidency. Two more sons and a daughter followed. Proved to be very much the intellectual equal of her husband, while offsetting his disciplinary mien, although she was capable of the same when needed. Both parents put great pressure on their progeny to succeed, but also lavished them with love, so that she was a spur for both generations of her high-achieving family. Followed her husband on his active career from Cincinnati, where the family was a political powerhouse, to Washington D.C., when he became a cabinet member in the U.S. Grant (Omar Bradley) administration. Weathered his disappointment at not being made a Supreme Court justice, which had been his lifetime ambition, before accompanying him on a secondary ambassadorial career to Austria-Hungary and Russia, where his health began to fail. At the time of his retirement and death in Southern California in 1891, he had virtually no money. Moved back to Massachusetts, but missed seeing her son elected to the presidency in 1908, dying the year before. Inner: Good administrative abilities, and noted for both her serenity and innate happiness, as well as her high ambitions for her progeny. Support lifetime of giving the benefit of her enthusiasm and backbone to several generations of a high-achieving family, before launching her own public career the next time around in this series, while helping her crypto-family as a foreground equal, rather than a background figure, per the dictates of more evolved times.


Storyline: The petulant prankster never understands that he, himself, is the joke, and turns his lives in the spotlight into surreal sit-coms that leave his audiences scratching their heads at his improbable plots, while never quite understanding his ongoing political burlesques.

Newt Gingrich (Newton MacPherson) (1943) - American politician and writer. Outer: Of German, English, Scottish and Irish ancestry. Mother was 16 at the time of his delivery, father was a 19 year old mechanic. His parent’s marriage collapsed within days of his birth, and his mother, who fiercely protected him, remarried 3 years later. Suffered from a similar bipolar disorder as the former, with delusions of grandeur, seeing himself as a transformative his/storical figure. His adoptive father was an infantry officer with a violent temperament, and he grew up on a series of army bases, along with three half-sisters, including Candace, a gay activist and no fan of her brother. Raised a Lutheran, he was deeply impressed by the importance of good besting evil, after visiting the site of the Battle of Verdun as a teen, while living in France. 5’11”, large-headed, and somewhat overweight most of his life. Voracious reader, completely unathletic, with a fascination with rational order and systems. Married Jackie Battley, his high school math teacher, who was 7 years his senior in his late teens, and managed to avoid the draft through deferments and then fatherhood. His wife put him through school, since he absolutely refused to support himself all during his education. 2 daughters from the union. Went to Emory Univ. in Atlanta, receiving his B.A. and M.A. in his/story, before getting a Phd in modern European his/story from Tulane. Joined a local Baptist church while attending the latter, prior to becoming an assistant professor at West Georgia College for seven years, before being denied tenure there and leaving in 1978. Elected to Congress from Georgia on his 3rd try the same year on a pledge of keeping his family together while his opponent was a commuter. Proved to be a deadbeat dad and promptly divorced his wife after two years in Washington, serving her papers while she lay on a hospital bed, recovering from cancer surgery, since he felt she was too old and not pretty enough for his larger political ambitions. In 1981, he married Marianne Ginther, a reclusive woman who detested the Washington scene. Although never an effective legislator, having authored absolutely no law, he was always an eager publicity-hound, with a self-styled vision of a Republican-dominated America, and himself as a dynamic transformer of civilization. Began his career in the House of Representatives by broadcasting speeches over CSPAN, founding the Conservative Opportunity Society, and acting as a minor irritant in a Democratic-controlled lower chamber, to the point of being denounced by its speaker. Went after the ethics of his superiors, forcing Speaker of the House Jim Wright out in 1989, over improper book activities, then did the same thing himself. Made party whip the same year, and became entwined with the far more noticeable career of Bill Clinton, acting as his shadow during the 8 year run of his presidency, from 1982 to 2000, while displaying an inordinate skill for shoveling his foot in his mouth and alienating the electorate-at-large, so that even when he had his shadow reeling, his reputation suffered even more by comparison. Elected Speaker of the House in 1994, and came out with guns blazing around a Republican Contract with America, with himself as revolutionary chairman of the board, although none of his proposals became law. Proved an extremely inept legislator, and after throwing a snit about his hierarchical seating on Air Force One, shut down the government in recompense. Acted as the symbolic focus for reelecting his avowed enemy in 1996, while his party lost 9 seats. Found ethically challenged by his fellow House members and fined $300,000, while spearheading the House’s impeachment call for Clinton’s removal from office. Restructured the ways of the House, although repeatedly fell victim to his own enormous appetite for celebrity, as his national reputation steadily eroded. After the elections of 1998 repudiated his party’s desire to impeach the president, he resigned his speakership and then his seat, to withdraw momentarily from public life in order to orchestrate another hoped-for comeback. Divorced in 1999, after being exposed as having had a 6 year affair with an assistant, Callista Bisek, all the while excoriating Clinton for doing the same. Married her in 2000, while becoming persona non grata with his own party for his hypocrisy. Turned to the Web as his bully pulpit at the same time, while becoming a fellow at Stanford’s conservative Hoover Institute, and switching his interests towards nanoscience, as well as his own consulting company, the Gingrich Corporation. Added several other eponymous arms to his empire, including the Gingrich Foundation, a charitable organization, bringing in millions of dollars from various interests to keep his voice afloat, as a prolific fundraiser, while maintaining charities should support the unsupported rather than government, although his own would provide meager fare for those without. In 2006, he called for a restriction on free speech as a means of fighting terrorism, in yet another display of his curious grasp of the major issues of his time. Penned “Discovering God in America,” and admitted on Christian radio in early 2007 that he had been guilty of adultery while hounding Bill Clinton for the same, in a mea culpa move to clear the slate for a later-year run as a genuine conservative for the presidency. Also denounced George W. Bush as a hopeless incompetent, to further underscore himself as a meaningful alternative, although ultimately decided not to run in 2008, preferring to be an independent voice of public policy, and to continue to rake in substantial sums by selling access to himself. Despite his two divorces and openly adulterous behavior, he converted to Catholicism, his wife’s religion, in 2009, while positioning himself for another possible presidential run in 2012, with his aggressive criticism of the Obama administration, and his public stance as conservatism’s intellectual champion. As part of his voter absolution strategy, he blamed his earlier indiscretions on his passion for his country, and the stress involved in his monogamous patriotism, while asking for God’s forgiveness. Became more religious and apocalyptic in his writings and pronouncements, following his conversion, seeing the future as a great smack-down between the forces of Christian civilization and those of secular-socialism, which weaken society, and open it to the poison of radical Islam. Announced for the presidency several months later, this time asking for the voters’ forgiveness, while his financial dealings once more came into question, including making over a million lobbying for discredited mortgage giant Freddie Mac. Subsequently saw several of his senior aides quit, when they felt he was devoting more time to vacations than the substantive activities required to launch a serious campaign. Through a process of default, however, he was able to gain considerable traction in the polls during the preprimary debates, by never attacking his fellow Republicans, and instead, saving his competitive contumely for his moderating questioners, to top the leaderboard by year’s end, as a champion of heartless intolerance and feisty American exceptionalism. A wealth of negative ads from his competitors swiftly dethroned him, and he fell into the second tier of candidates following the Iowa caucases and New Hampshire primary, as his former human hand grenade persona became more and more evident with his quickly diminishing status. Following a TV interview with his second wife, in which she said he asked for an open marriage, he aggressively and self-righteously defended himself, and subsequently handily won the South Carolina primary, which has picked the party’s nominee ever since 1980. Got buried alive, however, in the Florida primary in a swamp of negative ads, to finish a distant second to Romney, as his darker side continued to play forth with his reduced showings, relegating him to an also-ran who refused to drop out in order to consolidate the conservative vote around Rick Santorum. Despite a subsequent mathematical impossibility of ever getting the nomination, he defiantly vowed to fight on to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, and in preparation for it, fired his campaign manager and cut his staff, as a phantom candidate still relishing public attention. Finally bowed out at April’s end, but not before excoriating Fox News for ignoring him in favor of Romney, while promising to do everything possible to insure Obama’s defeat, after earlier doing everything possible to insure his victory.Has remained active since by founding and chairing several think tanks, and was briefly considered a potential vice-presidential candidate for Donald Trump in 2016. Posited afterwards that every person of Muslim descent in the US should be tested and any who believed in Sharia law should be deported. Has authored or co-authored a host of books, including several alternate his/story novels. In 2017, his wife was named Ambassador to the Vatican in a surprise move. In his literary offering of the same year, “Understanding Trump” he took a totally fantasy look at the president, playing with the illusion he really cares about working people, being one of them. Has a net worth of a little less than $7 million. Inner: Self-styled backwards visionary and revolutionary with a wish to see himself as a major teacher of 21st Century American Civilization. Blowhard, ineffective, shadow figure to the far more substantive Bill Clinton. Completely undisciplined, narrow-eyed and power-hungry. Easily bored, but never boring while always looking for opportunities to exploit. Foot-in-mouth disease lifetime of once again misusing public power and proving himself his own worst political enemy, while nevertheless maintaining a high public profile as an ironic emblem of self-defeating narcissistic opportunism. ‘Uncle’ Joe Cannon (1836-1926) - American politician. Outer: Elder of 2 sons of a country doctor. His father drowned while trying to reach a sick patient when he was 10, and he helped support the family by working as a shoe-clerk, while studying law in his spare time. His brother would go on to become a successful banker and realtor. After 6 months at the Cincinnati Law School, he set up practice in Illinois, finally settling in Danville. In 1862, he wed Mary Reed. Earthy, strictly smalltown, thin, gruffly informal, while his suits always looked as if he slept in them. Served as Illinois state attorney through the Civil War and beyond, before running, and losing, as a Republican candidate for Congress in 1870. Elected in 1873, he served until 1891, and soon established himself as a champion of the status quo, doing everything within his power to block spending, conservation, and anything that smacked of progressive possibilities. After sitting out one term, he was re-elected in 1893, and continued in the House of Representatives until 1913, serving as chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, where he was both thrifty and retrenched as an ardent protectionist, and then for his last decade, as Speaker of the House, running that body in his own arbitrary manner. As a member of the Rules Committee, he chose committee members and chairmen purely on their allegiance to his ‘standpat,’ policies. Chairman of the 1904 Republican national convention, he was defeated in his bid for the nomination in 1908 by William Howard Taft (Bill Clinton), whose presidency he went on to ruin through his obdurate blockage of progressive measures in the House, despite being of the same political party. A bipartisan group finally broke his power in 1910, although he remained speaker until the following year. After being defeated for re-election, he regained his seat in 1915 and served until his voluntary retirement in 1923. Suffered from a weak heart and died in his sleep. Inner: Guileful, shrewd, grotesquely comic figure, spewing tobacco juice, cursing, and viewing everything through political lenses. A drinker and smoker, who ultimately weakened the speakership of the house, and his name became synonymous with special interests. Loose cannon lifetime of extremely narrow vision, self-defeating antics, and an all-around obtuseness to the temper of his times. John Hancock (1737-1797) - American politician and merchant. Outer: Father was a pastor and Harvard grad, mother had been a widow when she married him. One of three children. His sire died when he was 9, and he was adopted by his childless uncle, a rich Boston merchant, who assured him of a solid financial foundation. Graduated from Harvard and then went to work for his uncle’s mercantile firm. Nearly 6’, slender, and a fashion-plate, with a taste for only the best. Sent to London in his early 20s to learn the English side of the business, and several years after he returned, he was made a partner before inheriting the firm when his uncle died the following annum, making him the richest Bostonian of his generation. Soon garnered the reputation of being shallow, but deep-pocketed, while entering politics in 1765 as a Boston selectman. Opposed the British from an economic standpoint, since he was the biggest smuggler in Boston and would have been deeply inconvenienced by import taxes. Brought to trial and defended by John Adams (Martin Sheen) in 1768, when he tried to smuggle in his sloop, ‘Liberty.’ Elected to the Mass. general court the following year, and he became a vociferous patriot, grandstanding his views in well-received speeches, as well as giving gifts of Bibles to various impoverished congregations and his own employees, so that when the court transformed itself into a provincial congress in 1774, he was chosen its president. Married the following year to Dorothy Quincy, the youngest of 10 of a wealthy Boston judge. 2 children from union, although his son died at 9, and his daughter as an infant. Wanted to lead the Continental Army, although was thwarted in that grandiose ambition by the far more competent George Washington (George Marshall). Elected as a delegate to the 2nd Continental Congress, he became its president as well. Best known for having the first and largest signature on the Declaration of Independence, in an act of vainglory well in keeping with his character. An avowed political enemy of Joseph Warren (Hillary Clinton), he was elected the first governor of Mass in 1780, by an overwhelming electoral margin. Thereafter, he had control of the office to accept or reject, proving an indecisive, but popular leader. Supported the Constitution, and made good on his desire to be well-loved at all costs, including sacrificing his integrity and principles for the price of political expediency. After suffering from gout for years, he announced his retirement from politics in 1785, while cautiously looking to see how things would break in its ratification, then miraculously emerged to help Mass. put its seal of approval the Constitution, with the thought that the first presidency might be his, if Virginia failed to follow suit. It did, however, assuring George Washington’s supremacy, and his ambitions had to stop at the governorship, which he managed to hold for 9 terms. Had the largest funeral New England had ever seen, but died intestate, thanks to dissipating his huge inherited fortune through disinterest, forcing his widow to sell their real estate to pay for his final salute. Inner: Always looked to see where things were going before committing himself to any position. Far more the grandstander than the noble patriot, looking for the love of the common people, and quite willing to directly buy it. Seen by his peers as both a peacock and “an empty barrel.” His symbolic large signature and name passing down through the centuries was token of his superficial role in the revolutionary movement. Grandstanding lifetime of deliberate self-aggrandizement in search of public love and approval. Edward Hyde, Viscount Cornbury (1661-1723) -English/American colonial administrator. Outer: Eldest son of the 2nd Earl of Clarendon. Grandfather was the 1st earl (Aaron Sorkin), a his/storian and politician. 1st cousin to Queen Anne (Princess Anne). Educated at Geneva, and a member of Commons from 1685. In 1688 he married a woman of equal eccentric reputation, who died in 1706. Came under the influence of the Duke of Marlborough (JFK), and was one of the first officers to desert James II (Martin Sheen), at the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Ingratiated himself with the royal successor, William of Orange (LBJ). Always extravagant, his financial debts led him to the American colonies, where he was appointed governor of NY and later New Jersey, beginning in 1702. Initially received with great deference because of being related to the queen, but he soon showed himself to be a spendthrift, a grafter, a bigoted oppressor of the Quakers and an embezzler. Nevertheless, he had a great zeal for the Church of England, despite his dubious sense of morality, although he managed to alienate every single person with whom he came into contact. In 1707, the state assembly remonstrated against him for appearing in public in women’s dress, in an attempt to underline his connection to the queen, and his physical resemblance to her. Condemned by the same body in 1708, while racking up the judgment as the absolute worst colonial official ever sent over from England. Continually at loggerheads with political powerhouse Lewis Morris (Prescott Bush). Recalled the same year, but his numerous creditors had him arrested and he remained in custody of the sheriff of NY, until the death of his father in 1709 made him earl of Clarendon and allowed him to return to England. The remainder of his public life was anticlimactic. In 1711, he was made a member of the privy council, and in 1714 he served as Envoy Extraordinary in Hanover. Inner: Egomaniacal, unprincipled, and completely self-serving. Obtuse lifetime of trying to parlay his royal relations into a majestic disregard for all convention, and winding up as the most disastrous colonial administrator ever to grace the far shores of America. Thomas Morton (c1590-c1647) - English/American settler. Outer: Origins obscured, he was raised an Anglican and became a lawyer of Clifford’s Inn. Emigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1624 as one of the owners of the Wollaston Company, which set up what would be Quincy, Mass. Engaged in hunting and the outdoor life, and was seen as a licentious, convivial and worthless rake. When the original owners moved to Virginia 2 years later, he stayed on, and took command of the community, renaming it Merry Mount. Immediately created a confrontational cultural and religious war with his Puritan neighbors. Prospered by trading firearms to the indigenous people, as well as controlling the beaver trade, while mocking his pious brethren, and conducting services with the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. Wrote bawdy verse, encouraged the expression of delight in life, and erected a pagan maypole, proving a particular thorn to Myles Standish (Prescott Bush), as totally antithetical to the Pilgrim way of life. The maypole was cut down in 1627, and he was arrested and exiled to the Isle of Shoals, from where he escaped to England. Returned to the New World as secretary of an official, and was soon arrested again in 1630, and had his property confiscated. Exiled back to England, he conspired to have the charter of the Mass. Bay Colony revoked, successfully having its patent repealed in 1635, while limning his stances on paper, in New English Canaan. When he returned to Mass. in 1643, he was once more imprisoned, and exiled to Maine, where he died infirm and in poverty. Inner: Confrontational, sharp-tongued, and totally into his own megalomaniacal self. Brazen lifetime of giving the raspberry to convention and ultimately getting his comeuppance for his complete disregard of anyone’s will other than his own.


Storyline: The contentious cabineteer loves to play large games on the national level, in an increasingly abrasive manner, despite always getting hoisted on his own petulance, for his skewed strategies and offensive office politics.

Donald Rumsfeld (Donald Henry Rumsfeld) (1932) - American politician and businessman. Outer: Of German and British descent. Father was a real estate salesman, who joined the Navy in 1942 to fight in the Pacific. Attended school in 5 different in four different regions during WW II, and by 14, had already held 16 part-time jobs, and was also a star on his last school’s state championship wrestling team. 5’7 1/2”. In 1945, he married Joyce Pierson, a high school classmate, 2 daughters and a son from the union. Graduated from Princeton, where he had been a captain of the wresting team, with a degree in political science. Served in the Navy for 3 years as a pilot and flight instructor, during peacetime, as well as a wrestling champion. Had hoped to make the 1956 Olympic team, but a shoulder injury ended his career upon the mat. Became an investment banker in his native Chicago, and then at 30, he went to Washington as an Illinois Congressman, and immediately staked out the city as his potentially own, coming to the attention of everyone, for his sense of being tough, competitive and better organized than anyone else. After 4 terms as an economic conservative and social moderate, he made it to his first White House, via Richard Nixon, serving in several midlevel posts, while constantly angling for a Cabinet position, only to be thwarted by the president’s various men, who resented his naked ambition. Showed himself to be far more loyal to his own domains, including the Office of Economic Opportunity, than the president’s agenda, and wound up ambassador to NATO, thereby escaping any tainting from the Watergate scandal that finally felled Nixon. Following Gerald Ford succession, he was brought back as his top aide, and once again showed himself to be a master of office politics, only this time he had a president who did not keep him leashed. Many thought he had designs on the presidency, lacking only foreign policy experience, which he received when he was made the youngest Secretary of Defense ever at the age 43. Brought Dick Cheney in as chief of staff, and maneuvered potential rival George H. W. Bush out of the way with the CIA. When Ford lost to Jimmy Carter in 1976, he returned to civilian life, as a successful business CEO, for the next quarter century, as his ongoing political ambitions were continually thwarted, although he stayed publicly active with various appointed positions. Beaten out by Bush in 1980 for the vice-presidency, he was also forced to withdraw in the presidential race against him in 1988. Spent the 1990s self-employed, and grew rich enough to make the list of Fortune magazine’s top 500, and to buy a gigantic spread in New Mexico. Called back to Washington as Secretary of Defense by Dick Cheney for George W. Bush, he became a key player in the subsequent administration, and one of its prime privatizers, viewing the military in business terms, outsourcing as much of its activity as possible, while refusing to give up any of his stocks despite conflicts of interest as required by law. On 9/10/2001, he gave an ill-received speech calling the Pentagon bureaucracy America’s greatest enemy, then reshaped the recalcitrant institution, amidst much grumbling, into his vision of a lean, mean money-making fighting machine. Listened to no one but himself in the subsequent conflicts he oversaw in Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003, announcing of the latter it would be a cakewalk, and the U.S. would be out within 6 months, despite having no exit plan to do so. Drastically undermanned both efforts, and then failed to provide for the insurgent aftermath afterwards, pronouncing initially that democracy was a sloppy process. Cynically embellished his hand-delivered reports to the president with Biblical quotes, in a further manipulation of the realities behind his distorted perceptions. A great believer in the technology of war, rather than its human soldierly element, as well as in civilian control over what he viewed as a mothball-bound military, he continually outmaneuvered rival camps to get his way, thanks in large part, to an overwhelming amount of money poured into his coffers through the fear generated by the country being at war with terror. Using business models, and a workaholic ethic, he typically put in 12 hour plus days, while acting as a pugnacious defender of his own policies, initially enjoying the public stage they gave him, issuing pithy pronouncements that were later collected in a book as Zen koans. As the insurgency progressed, however, and the war dragged on, he grew more recalcitrant and testy, and his luster began steadily dimming in the public eye, until 2006, when several retired generals called for his ouster. The president, and more importantly, the vice-president, stood by him, while he largely lost interest in the fray, and began putting more and more of his attention towards a possible conflict with China, while facing the very real threat of summary removal from office. When the latter seemed imminent, he hurriedly issued position papers covering alternative strategies in order to try to insure his ultimate place in his/story. Resigned the day before the 2006 midterm elections, although it wasn’t announced until the afterwards, just short of having a record run as longest-serving Defense Secretary. Made a bravura display of departing, visiting Iraq and speechifying, and then disappeared from public view, amidst much opprobrium and blame around his inept stewardship of a war that will remain the primary blot on his long record of public service. Made a visiting fellow at the conservative Hoover Institute at Stanford University nearly a year later, much to the outrage of liberal faculty and students. In 2011, he published his memoirs, “Known and Unknown,” in which he remained totally unapologetic for his own decision-making, while using half of the 800 page book to detail his six years as Bush’s defense secretary, putting the onus of his failures on the incoherent policies of others. A follow-up tome, “Rumsfeld’s Rules,” detailed the precepts by which he never lived by, in his ongoing need to totally rewrite himself as a thoughtful dynamo forever in the right. Co-created “Churchill Solitaire,” an extremely difficult double deck card video game and app released in 2016, based on a game Winston Churchill (Boris Johnson) used to relax with during WW II. Has a net worth of $15 million. Inner: Aggressive, judgmental, and fearless. Seen as an arrogant bully by many, with a mean temper and an insistence on having his way. Always met with his own top generals on his own turf, to underline his power, and held anyone who disagreed with him, Congress included, in the highest of contempt. Extremely demanding of underlings, using fear rather than praise as a motivating tool. Part II lifetime of trying once again to see if he could make his will and vision successfully manifest on the national level as a cabinet minister, only to suffer the same personal defeats, through ongoing lessons unlearned. Philander Knox (1853-1921) - American cabinet officer. Outer: Father was a local banker. Had a small town upbringing and went to Mt. Union College in Ohio. After being admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania, in his early 20s, he became a successful corporation lawyer in Pittsburgh, growing quite wealthy from his deep-pocketed clients, particularly through his connections to the Carnegie Steel empire. Married Lillie Smith in 1880, 4 children from the union. Successfully defended Andrew Carnegie several times against corruption charges. Had enough clout to help organize U.S. Steel at century’s beginning, which, at the time, was the world’s largest corporation. Lived extremely well and had a stable of trotting horses. Appointed attorney general for President William McKinley (Richard Nixon) in 1901, he remained in the post for his successor, Theodore Roosevelt (Kathleen Kennedy), until 1904, issuing a number of trust-busting suits at the president’s behest, despite having been a champion of big and bigger business. Along with other big money interests, felt it important to curb corporate excess, in the climate of discontent stirred up by the muckrackers of the time. Served as a significant force in the conservative wing of the Republican Party for the first two decades of the century, with one abortive run for the presidency in 1908. Became a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania from 1904 to 1909, after having been appointed to the seat and then won reelection, and then resigned to become Secretary of State for William Taft (Bill Clinton). Earlier, he had declined a post on the Supreme Court. Known for his much-criticized “dollar diplomacy,” which protected American financial interests abroad and asked Central American and Caribbean countries to borrow from American rather than European banks. The policy was misunderstood and much condemned. Persuaded Taft to send soldiers to Nicaragua in 1912, to set up a pattern of American troops in Latin America over the next several decades to protect American business interests there. Returned to the Senate in 1916, and was one of the leading Republican opponents of the Versailles peace treaty that Woodrow Wilson (Michael Eric Dyson) engineered at the end of WW I. Later fought against the latter’s League of Nations, feeling it lessened America’s autonomous power. In 1920, he was considered as a possible Republican candidate for the presidency once again. Stricken with paralysis and died, perhaps unconsciously mirroring his liberal opponent Wilson, who did the same. Inner: Shrewd, upright, honest. Dapper, small, quick-stepping, with a lot of nervous energy. Bored with detail, loved big-picture policies. Serve the hand that feeds you lifetime of being an activist voice for the narrow interests of big business, only to ultimately undo himself at the end by his own rigidity, an ongoing theme of his.


Storyline: The pragmatic strategist uses Texas twice as his base for ingratiating himself into the inner circle of its administrators, before moving on to the White House and trying to manipulate the larger world according to his own limited view of it.

Karl Rove (Karl Christian Rove) (1950) - American presidential adviser. Outer: Mother was the manager of a gift store, adoptive father was an overweight oil geologist, and was usually away from home. It was later disclosed he was a homophile, having left the family in 1969. 2nd of 5 children, and never close to either parent. Had a tense relationship with his mother, while the family moved often. By 9, he was an avowed Republican, as well as a self-professed nerd, with a great love of reading and his/story, and an avowed desire to be president. Owlish and dumpy, but a star debater, using boxes of blank notecards to fool his opponents into thinking he was far better prepared than they. Also served as student-senate president in high school. His father left his mother on his 19th birthday, and she committed suicide in 1981 via carbon monoxide poisoning in her car. Earlier he found out his sire had adopted him, after he and a brother had been fathered by someone else. Robbed at gunpoint at a convenient store where he worked. Short, dumpy and completely unprepossessing physically. Dropped out of the Univ. of Utah and moved to Washington, D.C., and since then has tried to complete his education at a half dozen universities. Won the chairmanship of the College Republicans National Committee, and Lee Atwater, a master of dirty tricks, became his strongest influence. Discovered the power of direct mail, which fit in with his technological proclivities. Organized conferences, taught trickery to college Republicans, then was caught at it, although later exonerated, and went to work for George H. W. Bush’s PAC, after moving to Texas, just as the Democrats were losing their hold there, and conservative oil money was speaking loudly. Briefly married Valerie Wainright, a Houston socialite in his late 20s, although his workaholic ways ended the union. Became the first person hired by Bush’s failed campaign for the presidency in 1980. Worked successfully for the election of Bill Clemens as Texas governor the same year, then founded his own consulting firm, Karl Rove & Co, while attracting conservative Democrat money to his campaigns as well, thanks to his salesmanship and organizational skills. Successfully advised all the top Republican Texas politicians in the 1980s and early 1990s, building on his reputation as a boy wonder. Married Darby Hickson, a lookalike graphic artist, who had worked for his direct mail firm in 1986, one son from the union. Seemingly close marriage with his wife, using her skills to enhance his consulting. In 1993, he went to work for George W. Bush, who dubbed him, “Boy Genius,” and gained entry into his inner circle, managing both his successful campaigns for governor, via smear tactics and belittling his opponents. Employed a crack team of researchers looking for vulnerable chinks in their political armor, while imprinting his us-vs.-them dynamic as an ongoing manipulative divide in the voting public. Saw in Bush the perfect blend of religious conservatism and big business backing, and in 2000, one/quarter of Bush’s election expenditures went to him. Joined him at the White House, after helping him win the presidency, where his divisive manipulations would prove highly effective, not only for the president, but the Republican Party as well. Selected candidates throughout the country, while also burnishing the Bush image through carefully orchestrated showcases, and was dubbed “the Architect” for his efforts. Dictated domestic policy via what played well in the heartland, or at least his illusion of it, while continually attacking, via mouthpieces, anyone who dared question the administration’s antics. Unusually successful for the first three years of his reign, proving to be one of the most effective consultants in the his/story of the republic. Created an extremely divisive political environment, excoriating enemies, excluding all who disagreed with the administration, refusing to admit failures, and generally thumbing his nose at all democratic processes that did not glorify his man in the White House. Outdid himself in the fear and smear department in the 2004 election, putting a genuine Vietnam combat veteran, John Kerry, on the defensive, despite the fact the president had a shaky record at best in the reserve, and had deliberately missed the Vietnam war, and continued throughout the campaign to impugn all who doubted the perfervid sense of mission of the chief executive. His view that 4 million evangelicals had not voted in 2000, and his successful pursuit of them in 2004, tipped the scales in the president’s favor, and his strategies prevailed to allow him a second term. Moved his office downstairs around the corner from the Oval Office, as symbol of even greater influence, with direct hands-on involvement in all policy, including national security, which he relished, taking great delight in the minutiae of government. Ran afoul of the law, however, for earlier allegedly outing a CIA operative when her husband’s report ran counter to the WMD propaganda of the Iraq War buildup, although it was later proved to have been Richard Armitage, a deputy secretary of state, who had done so. During the president’s fall from grace in his mishandling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, he suffered painful kidney stones, a symbol of hardness and bitterness, and was hospitalized, but afterwards was placed in charge of the reconstruction effort, only to find his role reduced even more with his master’s further fall from grace. Ultimately forced to relinquish his pseudo-presidential duties to concentrate on the 2006 mid-elections, with a revamping of all the president’s men in the spring of that year. Escaped indictment on outing the CIA operative, and went back to the attack, playing up the Iraq War as a Republican strength, rather than weakness, only to find he had lost considerable cachet around the country thanks to the president’s unpopularity. Forced to bear the subsequent loss of both houses of Congress, which he blamed on scandals, and a retrenching to try to recapture the imagination of the American public, although was outed in early 2007 as a factor in firing 8 U.S. attorneys, who did not go after Democrats, in his ongoing attempt to politicize every branch of government. Finally forced to resign in an emotional speech in August of 2007, with subpoena clouds hanging over him, to once again leave the White House in far less than triumphant manner, in a testament to his ongoing tenuous dance with great power, which always seems to ultimately overpower him. Nevertheless, continued as a manipulator and rewriter of contemporary his/story, via written columns and interviews, as well as hooking up with Fox News, in an attempt to remain both relevant and needed to his own beleaguered Republican Party. Subsequently made his presence known in the latter stages of the 2008 presidential race, with his patented attack ads and an insistence Sarah Palin be the v-p candidate, while tut-tutting the negativity of the campaign. In his final service to the president, he was one of the main people given the Orwellian task of rewriting the his/story of the Bush Administration because of the latter’s obsession with his legacy, and resolute ignoral of the realities around it. Divorced his second wife at the end of 2009, after having spent a little too much time with his family. The following year, he released his memoirs, “Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative,” which predictably praised the Bush presidency, and excoriated those who felt otherwise about it. In 2010, he founded American Crossroads GPS as a means of funneling large amounts of money from corporate interests into political campaigns, to remain a player and an influence, at least for a while, well beyond the Bush years. The most prolific fundraiser for Republican candidates in 2012, with some $300 million, he refused to believe it when Obama was declared winner on election night, which also signaled a considerable loss of status for him, and his own diminishment as a key campaign manipulator in future races. The same year he wed for a third time to Karen Johnson, a GOP lobbyist some 20 years his junior. Inner: Intense, ruthless and thin-skinned. Bears grudges, and has a great need to get in the last word. Self-described agnostic. Bibliophile, with a detailed grasp of his/story. Tendency to act the clown during tense situations, and always looking for the illusion to supplant the negative substance of any situation. Great admirer of William McKinley (Richard Nixon), because of his mastery of turn-of-the-20th-century electoral technology, which insured Republican dominance til FDR, save for the WW I era. Rovenge of the nerds lifetime of actualizing his fantasies for a two decade run as a boy wonder, while trying to make amends for his ultimate failings the previous time around, serving an opposing political philosophy. Edward M. House (Edward Mandell House) (1858-1938) - American diplomat and presidential adviser. Outer: American diplomat and presidential adviser. Outer: Father was an English immigrant who became an overseas trader and planter. 7th child, and youngest son. Attended schools in Bath, England and New Haven, Conn. 5’8”, wiry. Forced to return to Texas on his sire’s death in 1880, before he could graduate Cornell Univ., then spent the next decade managing his sire’s cotton plantations and banking interests. Married Loulie Hunter in 1881, 2 daughters from the union. Turned to politics as a Bourbon Democrat favoring conservative establishment interests, and successfully managed the re-election of Texas governor James Hogg in 1892. Made an honorary colonel in return, and used that title the rest of his life, despite never having served in the military. Managed the next 3 successful Texas gubernatorial campaigns of different candidates through 1902, before withdrawing for a break from active politics. In 1910, he moved to NYC in search of larger political arenas for himself. The following year, met NJ Gov. Woodrow Wilson (Michael Eric Dyson), and hitched himself to his rising political star. Anonymously published a novel, “Philip Dru: Administrator,” about someone like himself who becomes a benevolent American dictator. At the same time, he supported Wilson’s 1912 run for the presidency, and became his most trusted adviser, thanks to a gift for flattery, and a pliability and insincere willingness to tell the president whatever he wanted to hear, as he totally sacrificed principles for proximity to power. Called my “second personality,” by the latter, as he helped set up the income tax and federal reserve in 1913. Able to put friends in key administrative positions, and although he had little understanding of European politics, made himself a self-proclaimed expert in the field. Concentrated on foreign affairs during Wilson’s two terms, and after the outbreak of WW I, he went on peace missions to various European capitals. Served on the Supreme War Council after the U.S.’s entry into WW I in 1917, and helped write many of the president’s wartime speeches, and also negotiate the ultimate armistice the following year. Made a U.S. commissioner at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, but had a falling out with Wilson over his willingness to compromise the president’s rigid idealism, and separate the peace treaty from the latter’s obsession with the League of Nations. Never saw him again, since Wilson felt he could no longer rely on him. In 1921, he founded the Council on Foreign Relations, an organization which would have enormous influence on subsequent American policy. Retired to private life, traveled extensively, visiting Europe annually, and in 1926, published the four volume, “The Intimate Papers of Col. House,” which presented himself as the inspiration and dominating spirit behind Wilson’s policies, including the League of Nations, in a boastful display totally out of keeping with the realities of his relationship with the president. Eventually worked for FDR’s election in 1932. Suffered kidney infections, a symbol of a sense of impurity, and ultimately died of pleurisy at home. Inner: Psychology buff, and compromiser in the face of realpolitik. Discreet, taciturn, although expansive with friends. Always the pragmatist, and more than willing to subjugate any ideology he might have had for successful end results. Quiet, unoriginal and self-effacing, although his ‘Intimate Papers’ would dispel the reputation he had carefully carved over his public career. Insider lifetime of practicing the exigencies of politics at the highest levels, before returning for a repeat performance with a completely opposite ideological boss at his behest.


Storyline: The problem-solving forester has difficulty in seeing the tree of himself through his multi-branched forest of interests, as he tries to integrate an aloof, cerebral character with the type of telegenic political entertainer that the media age voting public increasingly desires.

Al Gore (Albert Arnold Gore, Jr.) (1948) - American politician and environmentalist. Outer: Of English and Irish descent, with royal blood in the distant past, including Otto I (Mohandas Gandhi), the Holy Roman Emperor. Father was Tennessee Senator Albert Gore, Sr., mother, Pauline was an attorney and one of the first female graduates of Vanderbilt’s law school, although only practiced briefly before marrying. One older sister who died of cancer in 1984. Grew up in an upscale hotel along Washington’s Embassy Row, and was educated at one of the capital’s toniest private schools, while being groomed for the presidency by his father, giving him a great eagerness to please his superiors, while turning him into a miniature grown-up, although he later admitted he probably never would have pursued a political career had it not been for his blustery sire’s example. Spent his summers under the supervision of tenant farmers on his father’s farm in Tennessee, working from dawn to dusk in an attempt by his sire to harden him, although had an otherwise totally urban upbringing. 6’1”. Educated at Harvard, where he admitted to inhaling marijuana, and participated in student demonstrations, and then Vanderbilt Univ. Law School. In 1970, he married Mary ‘Tipper’ Aitcheson, whom he met at a high school dance, 5 children from the union, including daughter Kristin, who became a popular novelist, and daughter Karenna, also a writer. His wife came from a broken home, and was raised by her grandparents, and has proved a close support for her husband. That same year, his father lost his Senate seat for being an outspoken critic of America’s involvement in Vietnam. Deeply hurt by the loss, and the only time his mother ever saw him cry. The experience proved profound and made him a centrist as well as a self-preservationist, sacrificing true integrity for electability. Served in Vietnam as an Army journalist, then continued in his capacity as a journalist with the Tennessean, working for that paper until 1976, all the while vowing never to enter politics. When an opportunity arose, however, he used his family name to run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Threw up just before announcing his candidacy, then served for 8 years in the House. Advocated policies that fostered high-tech innovations, while presenting himself as a strong environmentalist. Unlike his sire, he was a “raging moderate.” Won his father’s old seat in the Senate in 1984, although was viewed as a loner and showboat. Failed in his first presidential bid 4 years later, but became vice-president under Bill Clinton in 1992 after 16 years in Congress, only to find himself playing second banana to Hillary Clinton. Code-named Sawhorse because of his woodenness by the Secret Service, although it was later amended to Sundance. His son almost died in an auto accident, which took an emotional toll on his wife. During his 2nd term, he took considerable flack for fund raising abuses, while he had to swallow his tongue surrounding the president’s sexual antics. His early campaign to succeed Clinton in 2000 was in complete disarray, forcing him to distance himself from the latter, renounce his vice-presidential duties, and try to remake himself in the public eye, although his refusal to embrace his mentor or their legacy ultimately cost him the election, despite winning the popular vote, and then losing it 5-4 in the Supreme Court, in an incredible over-all display of doing everything wrong in blowing an election, that was his for the asking. While the result was still in question, he found the vp residence under siege by bullhorns, yelling for him to get out of Dick Cheney’s house, which shook up his family considerably. His gracious concession speech 5 weeks later showed him at his best, although internally it would take him a long time to truly digest his defeat. Took a teaching post at Columbia Univ., while initially growing a beard and maintaining a low profile, although by the year 2002, he began to make himself heard in public once again, while accepting a position with a financial services company, to further investigate bio and information technology. Shaved off his beard in 2002 after his wife declined to run for the Senate from Tennessee, but, at the end of the year, he announced he would not run in 2004. Instead, he bought into a Canadian cable news network, Newsworld International, ostensibly to provide an independent source of information, with young adults as his projected audience, although as always, with a larger agenda in mind. Launched it officially in the summer of 2005 as Current TV, with himself as cofounder and chairman. More and more critical of the Bush administration as it progressed, as a self-styled “recovering politician,” with a particular focus on his pet peeve, global warming, and its potentially disastrous effects. Put on weight, grew rich, and in 2006, he employed a global warming documentary he helped create, “The Inconvenient Truth,” as both sword and shield to battle his way back into the cultural arena. Won an Oscar in 2007 for Best Documentary for his efforts, despite using 20 times the amount of electricity to run his own Tennessee home than the average domicile in the U.S. Also received an honorary International Emmy for his work in television, while penning “The Assault on Reason,” a Goracular critique of democracy and the trivialization of ideas by the fear-mongering of TV. Completed an award trifecta as co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on climate change, and remains a lightning rod for those who don’t believe it, through his alarmist championing of projected global destruction by an insensate humanity hellbent on greenhousing gassing itself to obliteration. Compromised his message severely, however, by traveling the world in a private jet to lecture everyone else on reducing carbon emissions. After 40 years of marriage, he and Tipper announced their separation in 2010, giving no other reason than having grown apart. Several months prior their eldest daughter Karenna also separated from her husband, after 13 years of marriage and three children in an unexplained Gore epidemic of inconstancy. Saw his image further sullied by accusations from a masseuse about inappropriate behavior, although it failed to go beyond the inculpating stage. Before his divorce became final, he began dating Elizabeth Keadle, a biochemist, as well as an environmental activist and an independently wealthy big Democratic donor. Sold Current TV to Al-Jazeera for a half billion dollars in 2013, giving them a foothold into the American market, while continuing to churn out his Goracular works on the increasingly complex future. In his 2013 work, “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change” he limned the half dozen most important interactive elements of change and both where they are taking us and what we can learn from them. In his 2017 “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” he wound up writing far more about himself than about the dangers facing the planet. Despite h is 2000 presidential loss, he still believes in the Electoral College system. Has a net worth of $200 million. Inner: Highly intelligent, articulate, virtually raised to be a presidential contender. Deeply scarred by his presidential loss, and afraid of losing all he has gained in the intervening years of not worrying about pleasing or offending any constituencies. Dedicated, nevertheless, to making his climate-Cassandra views heard, and uplifting the American democratic dialogue. Extremely wooden in public during most of his earlier career, despite the ability to be animated in private. Initially said to be an old man’s idea of what a young man should be like. Cautious and very aware of appearances, while prone to continuously exaggerate his accomplishments. Born-to-rule lifetime of being given a solid foundation of political integrity, only to ultimately serve in the shadow of an amoral chief of state, and suffer the consequences to his own ongoing overweening ambition and not inconsiderable talents. Gifford Pinchot (1865-1946) - American forester and politician. Outer: Father was a wealthy self-made NY drygoods merchant who helped found the Yale School of Forestry. Named after a landscape artist friend of his sire’s. His mother was the daughter of a NY real estate tycoon. Younger brother and sister. Traveled as a child, and learned to speak both French and snatches of German, while enjoying an ourdoorsy youth. Thanks to his father’s enthusiasm for the subject, he studied forestry at Yale and then continued his education in France, Switzerland, Germany and Austria for the next 2 years. Returned to America to become the country’s first professional forester, working on the North Carolina estate of George Vanderbilt, while acting as a singular voice of preserving natural resources in an otherwise highly exploitable era. Served as a member of the National Forest Commission, worked for the Secretary of the Interior, and in 1898, was appointed chief forester of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, and then held the same position for the U.S. Forest Service. Wrote and spoke prolifically on conservation, coining the term, while serving on several preservation commissions, and became one of the country’s leading spokesmen on the subject, counseling management and scientific care. Found a highly supportive soul in Pres. Teddy Roosevelt (Kathleen Kennedy), during his administration, but ran afoul of Pres. William H. Taft’s (Bill Clinton) secretary of the interior, accusing him of detrimental practices, and was dismissed by Taft, who backed his own secretary. A special commission cleared the secretary of his charges, but the incident enraged his longtime supporter, Roosevelt, who had handpicked Taft to succeed him as president. Roosevelt subsequently challenged Taft in the 1912 election, as a progressive Bull Moose, in a move that effectively handed the presidency to Woodrow Wilson. In 1914, after being a lifelong bachelor, he married he married Cornelia Bryce, a great grand/daughter of Peter Cooper (Edwin Land). His wife was a suffragette who became her husband’s closest political adviser. Continued working as a conservationist, serving for 2 years as state forester of Pennsylvania. Elected governor of Pennsylvania twice, from 1923 to 1927 and 1933 to 1935. Reorganized the state government and established a budget system, while maintaining his staunch support for careful care of the environment. Had a major heart attack in 1939, and several smaller ones afterwards, which greatly hampered his activities. His autobiography, Breaking New Ground, was published posthumously, after his death from leukemia. Inner: Enthusiastic outdoorsman, enjoyed being in the limelight, with a secret desire to be president. His privileged background gave him a sense of self-righteous reform. Uncompromising, non-politic, and easily made enemies, through his self-view as a true public servant. Believer in big government, and its need to counter the runaway greed and exploitation of his own class. Cyclopean lifetime of focusing his considerable skills on a singular all-abiding interest and fashioning a unique career out of it, without being able to tone down his sense of moral rectitude, thanks to a total belief in his mission. Albert Gallatin (Abraham Alfonse Albert Gallatin) (1761-1849) - Swiss/American politician. Outer: From an aristocratic Swiss family. Left an orphan at the age of 9, he was cared for by a distant relative. Received an excellent, refined education, but spurned his background for revolutionary activities. After graduating from the Geneva Academy, he emigrated to the U.S. in 1780, and eventually settled in Western Pennsylvania. Spoke with a decided German accent his entire life. Eloped with his landlady’s daughte, rSophie Allegre, in 1789, but she died a few months later. Opposed the Federalist viewpoint of centralized government. Elected to the Pennsylvania state legislature for a term in 1790, where he showed an expertise in finance, then was elected to the U.S. Senate although was denied a seat because he hadn’t been a U.S. citizen for 9 years. Married Hannah Nicholson, the daughter of a commodore, in 1793, two sons and a daughter from the union. Acted as a placating voice during the Whiskey Rebellion in Western Pa. Served in the House of Representatives for 6 years, and half-way through became a leader of the Republican minority. Became Secretary of the Treasury in 1801, and held that position for an unprecedented 12 years, while setting in gear many of the financial principles that would make the U.S. a solvent giant in that sphere. Able to use his problem-solving skills in all the departments of the federal government, as a consistent voice of probity and tact. Insisted the Treasury Dept. be accountable to Congress, and almost halved the public debt. Extremely conscious of setting precedents for a debt-free, balanced budget. Helped bring about an end to the War of 1812, and was a pivotal figure in gaining European support for the burgeoning United States. Served as minister to France from 1816 to 1823, and later to England. President of the NY branch of the 2nd Bank of the U.S. during the 1830s, and was also an ethnographer, doing much to legitimize the view of Indigenous America, and ultimately being regarded as the father of American ethnography. One of the most exemplary characters of the early Republic, ranking in importance with the highest tier of those who forged the initial United States. Died in his daughter’s arms. Inner: Calvinist, extremely honest and upright. Never used his position to gain wealth or fame. Intelligent, tactful and politic. Public problem-solving lifetime of transposing his prudent principles into the actualities of creating the fiscal giant of the United States. Charles Cavendish (1595?-1654) - English Royalist and mathematician. Outer: From a family of great wealth. His father, for whom he was named, was an MP. Youngest of 3, with his oldest sibling having died in infancy, while his second brother became Royalist general William Cavendish (Bill Clinton). Accompanied diplomat Sir Henry Wotton (Tony Richardson) to France in 1612, and took full advantage of his sibling’s elevated position and monies to pursue his own strong scientific interests. By the early 1630s, he and his brother were at the forefront of philosophic and scientific circles, taking part in both theoretical and practical experiments in optics, mathematics and mechanics, gaining the reputation of a gifted amateur mathematician. Acted as MP for Nottingham for 3 separate Parliaments, taking the Royalist position against the Puritan Parliamentarians, in keeping with family tradition. Served under his brother as a lieutenant-general of the horse during the 1st English Civil War, then traveled on the continent for 7 years during the 2nd Civil War and subsequent fall of the monarchy, where he resumed his researches in Paris, amidst the company of eminent French culturati and scientists. Suffered the sequestration of his estates during the Commonwealth, and returned to England with his sister-in-law to try to save the family property from confiscation, but died before he could do so. Inner: Dilettante and dabbler, with a strong scientific bent. Cerebral lifetime of dealing with information on an abstract level, while hanging out in the orbit of his far more ambitious longtime family, and suffering the consequences for its royalist and traditionalist sympathies.



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