Katie Couric's Notebook: Grant vs Reagan

He was a war hero - America's first General of the Army who led Union troops to victory in the Civil Wa - and then helped reunite a bruised country as our 18th President.

He's the bearded guy on the fifty dollar bill and oh yeah he is buried in Grant's tomb.

Well, now a North Carolina Congressman has a bill of his own to kick Ulysses S. Grant off the $50 and replace him with Ronald Reagan. Republican Patrick McHenry argues the Gipper deserves the honor for defeating the Soviet Union and transforming political and economic thinking.

Grant still has his supporters, and they're fighting back with a campaign to keep his portrait right where it is. With a Marist poll showing 79 percent of Americans oppose the change, the old general might still have it in him ... 145 years after Appomattox, Grant won't have to surrender this one either.

That's a page from my notebook.

I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.


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