Great Adventure by Steve Payne
says: what if LBJ had been re-elected and sent Gregory Peck to Ireland
in 1969? Please note that the opinions expressed in this satirical post do
not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
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the actor Eldred Gregory Peck was appointed United
States Ambassador (Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary) to Ireland.
Needless to say the appointment of a lifelong supporter of the Democratic
Party would have been unthinkable had the Republicans won the recent
Presidential election. The GOP nominee, Richard Nixon had actually placed
him on his enemies list due to his liberal activism. This was primarily
due to his opposition to Hollywood blacklisting; in 1947 he signed a
letter which deplored a House Un-American Activities Committee
investigation of alleged communists in the film industry.
An intensely private man, Peck had only accepted the "great adventure"
because of his Irish ancestry. That flowery description of the new role
was his own phrase, but surely the timing of his arrival in Ireland on the
eve of the sectarian violence surrounding the "Battle of the Bogside was
Peck had not sought political office. He had politely, but firmly
declined, offers to run against Ronald Reagan for State Senate in 1964,
and later the Governship of California in 1968. After the elections,
Democrat supporters (including the incumbent Governor Edmund Brown) were
convinced that his charisma, and celebrity status, could have defeated his
A political confrontation between the two actors finally occurred in 1987
when Peck did the voice over on television commercials opposing Reagan's
Supreme Court nomination of conservative jurist Robert Bork. Bork's
nomination was defeated to the disgust of many, including another actor
Charlton Heston who registered his protest by formally joining the
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reports - in an interview with the Irish media, Peck revealed that former
President Lyndon Johnson had told him that, had he sought re-election in
1968, he intended to offer Peck the post of U.S. ambassador to Ireland - a
post Peck, due to his Irish ancestry, said he might well have taken, saying
"[It] would have been a great adventure". Author Michael Freedland, in his
biography of Peck, substantiates the report and says that Johnson indicated
that his presentation of the Medal of Freedom to Peck would perhaps make up
for his inability to confer the ambassadorship.
Steve Payne, Editor of
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