A BRIEF CORRESPONDENCE, consisting of 3 letters between BENJAMIN R. EPSTEIN of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith and Vice President Spiro Agnew's staff LEONARD GARMENT, BILL SAFIRE & ARTHUR SOHMER, regarding a potentially insensitive comment made by the Vice President.

By: (Agnew, Spiro T.); Epstein, Benjamin; Garment, Leonard; Safire, Bill; and Sohmer, Arthur J.

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- Three letters regarding Agnew's comment on television, that "Dan Ellsberg is in the lobby xeroxing a salami sandwich". The first letter, dated November 19, 1971 and typed on 11 inch high by 8-1/2 inch wide "Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith" stationery is addressed to White House staffer Leonard Garment. In over 70 words, the National Director of the Anti-Defamation League Benjamin R. Epstein, explains "This, Len, is simply to tell you that an awful lot of people took offense at the remark and communicated their distress concerning it to us. Maybe you ought to pass word along to the Vice President about it". Signed "Ben" in blue ink. Underlining Agnew's comment, Leonard Garment has penned a note in the top margin addressed to Bill Safire: "Not a bad line. My ethnic antennae are losing their sensitivity", signed "Len". In an unsigned memorandum dated December 3, 1971, typed on 10-1/2 inch high by 8 inch wide "The White House" stationery, Bill Safire forwards Epstein's letter to Spiro Agnew's chief of staff Arthur Sohmer. In over 60 words, Safire comments that he agrees with Garment's "handwritten comments" and goes on to write that "I guess they interpret salami as being Jewish, but that only applies to kosher salami -- Italians specialize in most of the rest". "It's easy to see an ethnic sensitivity to Ellsberg, but this complaint, in my view, is hypersensitive...." In a note penned at the bottom of the page, Sohmer informs Susan that he'll dictate a reply. In his retained copy of a December 9, 1971 memorandum typed in response Agnew's chief of staff Art Sohmer agrees with Bill Safire's conclusion and goes on to add that "I suppose that if the line had read 'ham sandwich,' we might have been accused of attempting to destroy the dietary laws". Neither Safire's nor Sohmer's memorandums are signed. The 3 letters are stapled together at top left. Very good.

The national director of the Anti-Defamation League Benjamin R. Epstein (d. 1983) co-authored the books "The Radical Right: Report on the John Birch Society and Its Allies" and "The New Anti-Semitism", among others.

The American attorney Leonard Garment (1924-2013) served Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald Ford in the White House. He advised Nixon at the height of the Watergate scandal.

The American author, journalist & columnist William Safire (1929-2009) served as Presidential speech writer for Richard Nixon and also wrote speeches for the Vice President including Agnew's famous "nattering nabobs of negativism" jibe.

Arthur J. Sohmer (1926-1991) was Vice President Spiro Agnew's chief of staff.

Title: A BRIEF CORRESPONDENCE, consisting of 3 letters between BENJAMIN R. EPSTEIN of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith and Vice President Spiro Agnew's staff LEONARD GARMENT, BILL SAFIRE & ARTHUR SOHMER, regarding a potentially insensitive comment made by the Vice President.

Author Name: (Agnew, Spiro T.); Epstein, Benjamin; Garment, Leonard; Safire, Bill; and Sohmer, Arthur J.

Categories: Americana,

Publisher: New York & Washington, D.C. November 19 through December 9th, 1971.: 1971.

Book Condition: Very good

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 95067

Keywords: AMERICANA; CORRESPONDENCE; VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES; POLITICAL; POLITICS; TYPED LETTER SIGNED; MEMORANDUM; AUTOGRAPH; TWENTIETH CENTURY; 20TH CENTURY; ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE OF THE B'NAI B'RITH; BENJAMIN R. EPSTEIN; SPIRO T. AGNEW; LEON