Dean Rusk (mocked as Dean Husk), who is said to be made of library paste, is the name on a political button that is worn by the 18-year-old son of I. H. Samsonite (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies, 49-50).


David Dean Rusk (1909-94) was the United States Secretary of State from 1961 to 1969 under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson[1]. Early in his tenure, Rusk had strong doubts about US intervention in Vietnam, but later his public defense of US actions in the Vietnam War made him a frequent target of anti-war protests.

“Rusk, inherited by LBJ, was a firm supporter of the war in Vietnam.  He was a pale, rather expressionless individual, and I found John's description apt and witty. I don't know why he misspelled the name; I don't think there was any danger of prosecution to worry Macmillan. John probably liked the idea of suggesting that he was empty as well as pasty.[2]"


  1. Wikipedia: Dean Rusk
  2. Correspondence with Charles Bowen.

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