Acting Presidential

Lee St. John, a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, is a No.1 Amazon ranked humorous author. Look for her on Facebook, Twitter (@LeeStJohnauthor), and her blog at www.leestjohnauthor.com. Her new release, “SHE’S A KEEPER! Cockamamie Memoirs from a Hot Southern Mess” can be found on Amazon.com.

The President’s agenda:
1) Promise to lead the people to victory in the presidential election
2) Promise to build a strong and just nation
3) Promise to eliminate poverty
4) Promise to dignify labor
5) Promise to reshape the economy
Trump? Or was it Obama?
Neither. It was Argentina’s President, Juan Peron, who served from 1946 until 1955 when he was thrown out of his country.
My mother taught high school government in the 1950’s. There was only one high school, therefore only one government teacher. But because government was a required credit to graduate, like it is today, everyone had to pass through her classroom.
One of her students had eventual influence on the national level in the political arena and you may have heard his name. Many more outstanding students passed through those halls after she retired – Oscar winner, Pulitzer Prize winner, pro athletes, and many other national success stories.
But this student sitting in her government classroom heard her give a government lesson about Juan Peron, the Argentine General and politician who was elected three times as President of Argentina. Peron was overthrown in a military coup in 1955. She mentioned in this 1959 classroom, “Mark my words. Peron will be back.” This gifted, young student must have taken her words to heart.
He graduated from high school and earned his B.B.A. in Economics from the University of Georgia in 1964. He became an assistant professor of Economics at Georgia State University. He later earned his Ph.D. in Economics in 1969 from the University of Virginia. As wonderful as this career seems, his star was still rising.
This young man’s name was James C. Miller, III. In July 1985, President Ronald Reagan chose this “conservative economist who favors reducing the size of the federal government” as his administration’s new budget director.
Before his rise in the Reagan administration and his movement up this brilliant career ladder, he must not have forgotten his high school roots and his Government teacher. When Peron returned to power in 1973 (although briefly, as he served for nine months until his death in 1974 only to be succeeded by his third wife), Jimmy wrote a letter to my mother, which she kept with other cards and letters that I now have, about this event.
I am now retired myself and still wonder what kind of influence we teachers had on all our students after they became adults. My mother taught that Argentine lesson so many times that I am sure she didn’t remember her own exact words when Jimmy Miller heard it. But he remembered.
His letter to her was brief. All it said was:
“Dear Teacher,
You were right. Peron’s back.”
~ Jimmy Miller

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