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Steve isn’t the only one to have lost the love of his life, either.

Charles Aznavour - She ♫

And another thing

Why does Steve have monopoly over Peggy Carter? Because she is his ‘love interest’? You mean to tell me that in the seventy years Steve was gone, Peggy, who was one of Howard’s closest friends, wasn’t a part of Tony’s life growing up?

Give me Tony Stark growing up with Aunt Peggy only a phone call away, who was his confidant and mentor.

Give me Tony Stark growing up an honorary member of the Carter family and growing up in contact with badass cousin Sharon Carter and the extended family/descendants of the Howling Commandos.

Give me Tony Stark who had an extended family of loved ones to help support him when his parents died.

Give me Tony Stark with a network of seriously pissed off Howlies descendants out for blood when Obadiah’s treachery is revealed.

Give me Tony Stark making sure his Aunt Peggy had the best care money could buy and visiting whenever he could.

Give me Peggy in her lucid moments reading Steve the riot act for misjudging her favourite nephew

Give me Tony Stark and Sharon Carter as lifelong friends. Give me Sharon coming round for regular bitchfests with a side order of tequila and trying out gadgets in Tony’s workshop.

Give me Sharon Carter who shuts down Fury’s attempt to plant Natasha in Stark Industries and when he fights it she threatens to put ex-Director Carter on the line.

He shuts up.

Give me Tony Stark and Sharon Carter at Peggy’s funeral talking about their Aunt Peggy and everything she worked so hard to build and everything she did for them.

Also give me Sharon Carter who is no one’s token love interest, who didn’t tell Steve who she was because actually it’s no one’s business.

Give me Steve Rogers who realises he isn’t the only person who knows and loves Peggy Carter and respects their viewpoints instead of using her words to justify tearing apart the avengers and the remnants of SHIELD, everything she dedicated her life to building.

I love sharon carter’s character but I can’t stand the grossly forced romance with her and Steve. Peggy’s funeral was so emotional for me, but once I realized they were setting up Steve and Sharon, it totally ruined the emotional effect. Peggy was an important person to the both of them. Steve loved her and Sharon was her niece and looked up to her, and what I would have like to see instead was a more familial relationship between Sharon and Steve.

as much as i love the whole “peggy as tony’s godmother” au maybe some of y'all should remember peggy DID have an actual blood grandniece and it’d be nice to see headcanons and/or gifsets abt them like this one i made

Mr. Michael Caine. 

A Happy Birthday to a man who defines effortless cool, Mr. Michael Caine. 

Dole had such respect for Richard Nixon, it was near reverence. Nixon had come to Kansas to campaign for Dole in ’66. Dole would never forget their talk — how Nixon said the GOP would make stunning gains in the House that fall. The Party was flat on its back after Goldwater…but Nixon called it — within two or three seats! Dole had never seen anyone who knew politics like Nixon: he had the whole country at instant command in his head.

But it was more than that. In Nixon, Dole saw a man who’d been knocked down by life. But he was too tough to stay down. He started in a dusty California farm town…times were bad: story was, the family made it through the week eating ketchup. That meant something to Dole…and to Nixon, who never forgot where he’d come from…who could not forget that he never grew up with the world on his side — like, for instance, a Kennedy…Dole understood, very well.

He saw strength in Nixon, and nobility: Dole mentioned once that Nixon was the only one in Washington who stuck out his left hand to shake with Dole. The only one.

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Richard Ben Cramer on Bob Dole’s loyalty to Richard Nixon, in What It Takes: The Way to the White House (BOOK | KINDLE).

For all of Nixon’s social awkwardness and supposed lack of personal skills, he was capable of surprising people. When Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated in 1981, President Reagan asked the living former Presidents – Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter – to represent the United States at Sadat’s funeral. The three former Presidents had strained relations, at best. Ford had become President when Nixon was forced to surrender due to the Watergate scandal. Ford’s pardon of Nixon had likely cost Ford election to the Presidency in his own right in 1976. The ‘76 election between Ford and Carter was decided by a razor-thin margin in the final days of a bitterly contested campaign, and although Ford and Carter later became close friends, they had not yet overcome some harsh feelings for each other. Nixon and Carter had never thought much of each other, and their public comments about each other often bordered on the edge of civility. So, with the three former Presidents crammed together on Air Force One heading to the funeral in Cairo, it looked like it might be a tense flight. Surprisingly, it was Nixon who initiated conversation by cracking jokes and loosening everybody up, engaging with anybody willing to chat. Later, the former Presidents, along with Carter’s wife, Rosalynn, sat down and discussed more serious topics and, shockingly, enjoyed each other’s company. The trip is when Ford and Carter became close friends.

Nixon also remembered certain things that meant the world to the individual people that were concerned. In the excerpt above, Cramer mentions that Nixon was “the only one in Washington who stuck out his left hand to shake with Dole.” During World War II, Dole was severely wounded in battle in the Italian mountains by a Nazi machine gunner. Dole’s injuries were so serious that his recovery was in doubt; it took several years for him to recuperate, and once he did, he was basically unable to use his right arm for the rest of his life. He learned to write with his left hand, button his jacket with his left hand, and tried to conceal the severity of his wounds by placing a pen or a rolled-up piece of paper in his closed right fist. Bob Dole spent 35 years in Congress – four terms in the House of Representatives and 27 years in the Senate before resigning to focus on his campaign for the Presidency in 1996 – and, as Richard Ben Cramer pointed out, in all of those years in the nation’s capital, only Nixon remembered to shake Dole’s left hand.

That’s why Bob Dole was loyal to a guy like Richard Nixon. That’s why a guy like Richard Nixon had people loyal to him until the end. At Nixon’s funeral in 1994, Dole – a man not known for showing his emotions in public – wiped away tears before breaking down and openly weeping while eulogizing the former President: “The American people love a fighter. And in Dick Nixon, they found a gallant one.”

I think it bears mentioning that after the team Iron Man folks, the MOST confusing thing to me about the audience reaction to Civil War is people saying anything about Sharon Carter was rushed or under developed. Would I have liked to see more Sharon? Hell yes, but that is because when she was on screen, she was on the ball, charming, wise, and fucking delightful.

Did no one notice that she basically MAKES this movie work?? She quotes Peggy Carter at the funeral, a speech that CLEARLY solidifies how Steve feels about the accords because she’s invoking the words of a mentor that Steve often looked to for guidance (yeah, Peggy isn’t just some girl he kissed once, she’s also Steve’s mentor, it’s cute how everyone conveniently forgets that in the fight over who gets Steve.)

She gets the info to Steve, at great personal and professional risk, so that he can find Bucky first. She gets them out when Zemo attacks Bucky, she helps slow Bucky down after he’s been set off, she STEALS THEIR GEAR including Captain America’s actual freaking shield and delivers it to them so that they can even participate in this fight at the airport and stand a fucking chance. None of this shit happens without Sharon Carter. I’m sure she and Steve have had multiple interactions off screen, but after all that, I would kiss her too.

Honestly though, the fact that the only thing this fandom seems to notice about Sharon Carter is that Captain America kissed her is so overwhelmingly indicative of their attitudes that I shouldn’t even be surprised.

in captain america: civil war, there’s a deleted scene where peggy’s framed picture is of an older version of herself. not what made the final cut for the film. where we see the youthful peggy carter picture for her funeral scene. which makes no sense in terms of a funeral. it’s like if peggy carter died at the nebulous age of 25-35 yrs old.  

it got me thinking that some oily marvel exe was like, no, we need to show a hot young picture of peggy carter. can’t have steve mourning the death of an old lady. ladies always die in comics when their young and hot. can’t break that trend of her having a full rich long life. jfc. what the fuck

peggy carter is one of the rare marvel ladies that died of old age. and marvel couldn’t even acknowledge that at her funeral. fuck you, marvel