Among the largely unknown unknowns about former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is that he was quite an accomplished poet. Even if he didn’t know it. Although his recently published memoir is self-serving (well, how many memoirs aren’t self-serving?) and generally savaged by literary critics, the lyrical poetry cited below has been heard by many during open recitals. No charge.
And it will be known,
And it will be known to the Congress,
And it will be known to you,
Probably before we decide it,
But it will be known.
—Feb. 28, 2003, Department of Defense briefing
As we know,
There are known knowns.
There are things we know we know.
We also know
There are known unknowns.
That is to say
We know there are some things
We do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns,
The ones we don’t know
We don’t know.
—Feb. 12, 2002, Department of Defense news briefing
The above gems were posted at Slate.
And now for some more visual fun:
Here’s an update on Rummy.