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Letters: The Inauguration, And Two Corrections

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Letters: The Inauguration, And Two Corrections

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Talk of the Nation listeners share how they spent Inauguration day around the country. Also, corrections on a quote mistakenly attributed to former President Herbert Hoover and the birthplace of actor Patrick McGoohan.

NEAL CONAN, host:

We usually read from your letters on Tuesdays, but there was that little inauguration thing yesterday. So this week, it's Wednesday and time to read from your emails and Web comments. And let's stay with that inaugural theme for a moment. We know many of you tuned in to listen live yesterday. We got this note from Major Nina Demato(ph) in San Francisco. As a Marine, I sometimes get my health check-ups at the local V.A. hospital. During the inauguration, the V.A. clinic and all it's patients were at a stand still, staring at the televisions that beamed our new commander-in-chief to a group who have seen presidents as far back as Roosevelt.

I thought about how the practitioners of the wars he spoke about were standing around me, all different colors and creeds who had, at one point or another in their life, come under our flag to do what most people wouldn't choose to do. I couldn't have been more proud to stand among these humbled giants.

Last Thursday, we took up the controversial topic of abortions, specifically the future of the pro-life movement. Several of you were unhappy that the three guests we talked to were all male.

Why are men talking about women's bodies anyway? That is something very disingenuous about having men prescribe ethical choices. Men don't really understand the issues of rape, and they're not qualified to pass judgment on whether a woman should be forced to carry a product of rape or incest. That one of several letters we received on the topic from Laura in Fort Lauderdale in Florida.

And a week ago on Monday, during the discussion of the legacy of the Bush administration, one of our guest suggested that President Herbert Hoover coined the phrase, gentlemen, don't read each other's mail. Robert Olby(ph) emailed us from Maryland to correct the record. The statement is properly credited to Hoover's secretary of state, Henry L. Stimson, who, in 1929, subsequently shut down the state department's crypt analytic office, MI8, an action he later reversed.

And another correction in remembering actor Patrick McGoohan last week. I said he was British-born, actually born in New York, and I apologize for the error.

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