Skip to comments.Some Reflections on My 32 Years With Bartley (George Melloan's Encomium For Bob Bartley)
Posted on 12/16/2003 6:39:02 AM PST by presidio9Edited on 04/22/2004 11:50:39 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
When Edith Bartley called the Journal last Wednesday morning to say that her husband had finally lost his long and courageous battle against cancer, my thoughts went back to my first meeting with Robert L. Bartley. That was a long time ago. In the late 1960s, Bob had dropped into the Journal's London bureau, where I was based. He was then an editorial writer in New York, barely 30 years old, but didn't seem especially thrilled in the presence of glamorous foreign correspondents.
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Bob Bartley was a giant of journalism. His extraordinary
contributions to America as an author, editor, and
columnist helped shape our times. I was pleased to
award him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our highest
civil honor, in recognition of his enormous impact on the
intellectual and political life of our nation. Laura
joins me in sending condolences to Edith and his daughters,
family, colleagues, and friends.
George W. Bush
President of the United States
Bartley viewed Mexican workers, hungry for opportunity and ready to work, as an asset to the American economy. When the Clinton administration, with strong support from Republican nativists, went to work on a Berlinesque wall on the Califorina border, Bartley worried that the migrants would shift their routes into the desert and the number of deaths from exposure would grow. Indeed, that is precisely what happened.
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