There comes a time in the life of every people when the only way to take on the forces of "economic tyranny" -- whose callous behavior has twice in the past century nearly brought our country to ruin -- is to turn to "the organized power of government."
In an effort to learn more about the magic of presidential power and style, I came across a book which deserves real attention again, more than 50 years after it was published. Working with Roosevelt is an intimate and granular retelling of FDR's skills, methods and inside life.
The men and women who saved the nation from economic destruction and political tyranny, and went on to create the middle class and turn the United States into the strongest and most prosperous nation on earth, didn't do so simply by having the right values and working hard to achieve them.
Neither Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, nor John Kennedy were intellectual giants. But the keenness of their respective minds was revealed every day. And they were not threatened by smart people around them.
Whatever love meant for them, Jack and Jacqueline Kennedy did love one another. In death, she gave him the greatest gift a widow can -- she created a legend, Camelot. We know better. And yet the legend endures.
Seventy-five years ago, my mother found herself a celebrity after being named the nation's best rural correspondent of 1936. Her star treatment is chronicled in yellowed clippings from the New York newspapers.
A wartime president has many responsibilities, one of the most important of which is to know why America is at war while clearly conveying those reasons to our citizens. That is patently not the case today.
Isn't the whole point of winning the office of president that you can talk to the nation without others belittling what you say? I began to think of some great presidential moments and what their rebuttals might have sounded like, had they been allowed at the time.
Mr. President, it is time to restore religious freedom protections in federal contracts. I urge you, please, honor this historic anniversary by restoring the civil rights protections that began 70 years ago this week.
There's a real problem when the President of the United States feels the need to become the entertainer-in-chief, especially when the joke's about very serious matters that have long-term consequences.