I’ve long loved the Smothers Brothers. To hear Tommy Smothers say he’d lost his sense of humor is crushing.
McNamara declined the invitation, so about a thousand students filled the space around Quincy House (where the forum was being held), surrounding McNamara’s limousine.
Still incredulous at the memory, Pope says, “And we didn’t’ have anyone to debate him.” So McNamara’s car began to drive away. Pope quickly organized a lie-in, positioning students in front of the car so it couldn’t move. That they knew how to do. McNamara got out and left through the basement.
So anyway, this campus radical came up to me, very excited, and said: “Did you hear?”
"Martin Luther King was assassinated!” he said. He was smiling, He was happy about this.
“It’s gonna happen now!” he said. “The blacks are really gonna riot now!"
This is when it began to dawn on me that there was a serious competition going on in America to see who could be the biggest group of assholes: the right-wing assholes who thought that the Vietnam War was a good thing, as long as they personally did not have to go over Vietnam and get shot at; or the left-wing assholes who thought that what we really needed was for more people to shoot each other here at home.
It seemed as if both sets of assholes were winning in 1968.