I read something like this and I honestly don’t know whether to laugh or cry:
LOS ANGELES – The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
can’t locate or account for tens of thousands of valuable mementos of
Reagan’s White House years, according to a published report.
An audit by the National Archives inspector general concluded that the library in Simi Valley
was unable to properly account for more than 80,000 objects out of its
collection of some 100,000 artifacts, the Los Angeles Times reported on
its Web site Wednesday night.
The audit was connected to an investigation into allegations that a
former employee stole from the Reagans’ collection of gifts from
foreign leaders and other dignitaries, but sloppy record-keeping has
hindered the probe, Inspector General Paul Brachfeld said
"We have been told by sources that a person who had access capability
removed holdings," Brachfeld told the Times. "But we can’t lock in as
to what those may be."
Part of the problem has to do with a lack of supervision and a "near
universal" security breakdown that may have left the mementos
vulnerable to pilfering, "the scope of which will likely never be
known," the audit found.
Considering that The Great Communicator was something of a prototype of the Dear Leader status the current government has been giving our presidents of late, you would think that they’d keep better watch over his stuff. You know that when George W. Bush’s library is finally built, it’ll probably have watch towarers, land mines, electric fences and a platoon or two of Blackwater security goons watching the joint from a solar dome on a platform in space. I’m not suggesting that we necessarily need to turn libraries into Fort Knox but would having consistent, measurable, and proven security systems for them hurt?