Michael K. Deaver, who arranged some of Ronald Reagan’s most memorable photographic backdrops for public consumption and privately gave the president blunt, sometimes contrarian advice, died yesterday at his home in Bethesda, Md. He was 69.When you use your White House connections to lobby on behalf of foreign governments the crime is properly called treason and the proper punishment is death.
Mr. Deaver was widely known for creating photo ops that showed Reagan atop the Great Wall of China, at the cliffs of Normandy and filling sandbags to show concern after a Louisiana flood. And he played a central role in planning Reagan’s funeral in 2004; the last visual was burial as the sun set over the Pacific Ocean.
Mr. Deaver worked for Reagan in one capacity or another from 1967 to 1985, but after he left the White House in 1985, his income soared and then his reputation plummeted.
He formed a hugely successful lobbying firm, Michael K. Deaver & Associates, whose clients included Canada, South Korea, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, TWA and Philip Morris. He posed for the cover of Time in 1986, sitting in the back seat of a limousine with a telephone at his ear, the Capitol in the background.
But the accompanying story was headlined “Cashing In on Top Connections,” and in 1987 he was convicted on three counts of perjury for lying to a House subcommittee and a federal grand jury about efforts to use the White House in his lobbying efforts.
Mr. Deaver, who blamed alcoholism for a faulty memory of events and bad judgment, was fined $100,000 and given a suspended three-year prison sentence and probation.
No suspended sentences. No probation. Chop chop chop.
Look how well the system doesn't work!
Get orange on September 11th, get downtown, and get visible.
The basic idea is to set the stage to do it again. And again and again and again.
We're looking for justice here, not a day off work.
And by the way, the crime is called treason.
No suspended sentences.