Charlie Brennan

Have you had the 'Glazed & Confused' donut burger?

Charlie Brennan
May 09, 2018 - 9:02 am

Yes, that was Keith Alper, CEO OFD Nitrous Effect in St. Louis, ringing the bell at Monday’s close of the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street.


Also on Monday, I visited Cugino’s Italian Grill and Bar on Lindbergh to discover the “Glazed & Confused,” a certified angus beef burger topped with melted American cheese and served on a glazed donut from Old Town Donuts in Florissant.  Cost?  $12.  That does not include a defibrillator.


I led a tour of downtown St. Louis on Sunday and noticed the renovation of 705 Olive St., a building designed by the great Louis Sullivan.

Attorney Clark Clifford worked there for the law firm Holland, Lashly and Donnell between 1928 and 1943.  He left St. Louis to become White House counsel for President Harry Truman.

In May of 1948, Israel became a country. Secretary of State George Marshall, a leader in winning the war in Europe, advised the president to ignore it. He felt Israel would never be able to stand up to Arabs in the Middle East.

However, Clifford disagreed. He felt Jews deserved their own country and the United States had an obligation to help the Jewish people after the atrocities of the Holocaust.

Truman, Clifford, and Marshall met to discuss Israel on May 12, 1948. Marshall complained about Clifford, “Mr. President, I don’t even know why Clifford is here!”

Marshall had a point. For when it came to international experience, Clifford was out of his league. Marshall had just led the United States to victory in Europe. Clifford, on the other hand, had no international or foreign policy experience whatsoever.

Historian Michael Beschloss recoounts Truman was in awe of Marshall and his heroism in the war. So it must have been difficult when Marshall then yelled, “If you follow Clifford’s advice and if I were to vote in the election, I would vote against you.”

Truman was torn. On one hand, Clifford and Jewish leaders were imploring him to support a Jewish state. On the other, Marshall and the entire State Department feared such a move would infuriate Arabs, who would stop selling oil to the United States.

Clifford appealed to Truman’s Baptist religion. He showed the president scriptural passages predicting the Jews would “ someday . . .have their own homeland.”

Two days later, just before midnight on May 14, 1948, David Ben Gurion proclaimed the state of Israel in Tel Aviv. Within minutes, President Truman rejected the advice of the great general he admired so much and sided with the lawyer from St. Louis.: Truman not only recognized the state of Israel within minutes but became the first world leader to do so.

70 years later, Clifford’s St. Louis workplace is being turned into a hotel by developers Amy and Amrit Gill.