"The Sunday Political Brunch - Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012

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(Providence, Rhode Island) – Happy Easter, everyone. There is not much happening in the world of politics this Easter weekend. Many of our past Presidents and their families have observed Easter at the Camp David retreat in Thurmont, Maryland. Here are a few snapshots:

“Easter Birds” - President Johnson went to Camp David over Easter weekend in 1967 with the First Lady, Lady Bird, and daughter Lynda Bird. They attended services at a nearby Episcopal church. The White House reported that Mrs. Johnson wore a mimosa yellow silken wool coat with a yellow dress.

“The Big Bush Bunch” - President G.H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara celebrated Easter at Camp David with some of their children and grandchildren in 1989. They attended an Easter service on Sunday morning, followed by an Easter egg hunt for the grandchildren. The menu for their Easter dinner included roast turkey, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, green beans, cranberry sauce and blueberry and pecan pies. First Dog Millie and her six newborn puppies also came along for the weekend.

“Watergate Bugged Them” - In 1973, as Watergate was unfolding, President Nixon gave his aides John Ehrlichman and Bob Haldeman the use of Camp David over Easter weekend, while Mr. Nixon went to Florida instead. I found these items on a great Camp David blog. For more Easter Presidential trivia, click on this link: http://aboutcampdavid.blogspot.com/2011_03_01_archive.html

“Eggs-actly 134 Years Ago” – On Monday, April 9, President and Mrs. Obama will host the 134th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The tradition was started by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878 (photo above).

“Del-EGG-ate Count” – Back now to the 2012 Presidential campaign, where they are counting delegates as if they were Easter Eggs! As of today, after wining three primaries last week, Mitt Romney has 665 delegates, Rick Santorum 272, Newt Gingrich 140, and Ron Paul 67. The number of delegates needed to win the nomination is 1,144.

“Pennsylvania Ditch?” – The Boston Globe has an article today speculating that Rick Santorum may be about to quit the Presidential campaign. It cites the fact that Santorum, a devout Catholic, has no campaign events this Easter weekend. I doubt that he would, given his faith. On the other hand, polling in the Keystone State may be troubling for the native son Santorum. The Real Clear Politics Composite Poll has Santorum barely ahead of Romney in Pennsylvania, 37.5 to 35.8 percent. One poll even has Romney up by five points. A loss in Pennsylvania would be embarrassing to Santorum and hurt his chances to be named the Vice Presidential candidate.

“Newt Neutered” – Newt Gingrich lost badly this week in Wisconsin, which is his wife’s home state. His campaign has lost steam and money and manpower. So what happened? I think when the other candidates - especially Romney - began refusing to do any more debates, Gingrich was done. His superior speaking and debating skills, not to mention his commanding knowledge of so many issues, was neutralized. The debates were free publicity and airtime for the comparatively underfunded former Speaker of the House. Without a stage, Gingrich simply faded away.

The next round of primaries will be in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut and Rhode Island on April 24.

Happy Easter, everyone! If you have comments, just click on the comment button at www.MarkCurtisMedia.com.

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