Even the most powerful leaders are human, and at the core, it's emotion that drives human behavior. If you want to be a great leader you must have a laser-like focus on your people -- so simple, yet easy to .
We went down into the Grand Canyon when Butch got home from the war. Neither of us had thought about a destination with any detail but the canyon was dramatic enough to get our attention and Butch needed the world to be beautiful for even a few minutes.
OWS gave voice and form to the human consequences of thirty years of anti-government, pro-corporate policies that concentrated wealth and power in a very small number of Americans. If Obama wins, it will be on the shoulders of OWS.
Armstrong represented an America of really big dreams and of infinite possibility. Today, what passes for discourse in this country? Celebrity divorces? Politicians vilifying and dehumanizing one another over the relative merits of the federal budget?
Teddy Roosevelt carried out imperialist wars, FDR imprisoned Japanese-American civilians in internment camps, and Lyndon Johnson expanded and intensified the Vietnam War. These men can claim valuable achievements, but how do their unjust misdeeds figure in?
Simply put, the LBJ I knew hungered for power, and knew he knew how to use it. The Kennedy I knew grudgingly but genuinely admired LBJ's ability. Robert Caro's book reminded me of a sad conversation I had with LBJ during the time he was languishing in the vice presidency.
Johnson rose through the legislative ranks as a segregationist Southerner, so when he ended a speech to a joint session of Congress with the phrase "We shall overcome," Johnson fundamentally changed the American political landscape.
In 2009 Obama put country above party. Bringing health security to over 30 million Americans and laying the foundation for a major restructuring of our health system were sufficient rewards for him to accept the political risks.
Sid Davis was a 34-year-old White House correspondent for Westinghouse Radio covering President Kennedy's fateful visit to Dallas on Nov. 21, 1963. He was in the press bus close behind Kennedy's limousine when Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shots that killed Kennedy.