Jack Kemp Requiscat in Pace What Was The First Thing He Did At HUD?


“People don’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care,” Jack Kemp often said.

Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine crossed paths with the QB/Compassionate-Politico a number of times.

We talked with him when he was Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He told us that he spent $60,000 dollars on pictures for the HUD building. A tremendous sum even back then.

60K for pictures? we asked.

The old dull gray HUD walls were festooned(?) with old dull gray photos of housing developments — government run tenement slums.

The first thing he did was to take down pictures of those monstrosities and replace them with pictures of hope.

Instead of apartment buildings, visitors now saw majestic pictures of Lincoln.

He said words to the effect, “I wanted to give people a vision of the future, of home ownership…”

If you wanted real change you’d pick a QB who could move the ball down the field and win games.


A politician may not remember every campaign or every race — but he always remembers his first.

Charmaine’s parents worked on his first run for congress in Buffalo in the early 70’s. Kemp was a gentleman with a kind word for everyone.

No one didn’t like Jack Kemp.

Jack Kemp, RIP.


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