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Dean Acheson: funnier than you'd think.

August 12, 2010, 3:13 pm

Which may not be a high bar to clear, but still. From Present at the Creation, p. 71.

Without warning, a hurricane struck. The word is used advisedly to describe a severe cyclonic disturbance caused by hot air revolving counterclockwise (in fact, it turned the clock back about four months). Its center was filled with a large mass of cumulonimbus cloud, often called Arthur Vandenberg, producing heavy word fall. Senator Vandenberg, for whom I came to have great respect and considerable affection, had the rare capacity for instant indignation, often before he understood an issue, or even that there was one.

The best part is, of course, “for whom I came to have great respect and considerable affection.”

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