Which Recent President Would Handle The Coronavirus Crisis Best?

The current fight against COVID-19 favors a president who is quick to decide, willing to let businesses help out, friendly with the media, and motivated by a deep desire to handle the crisis right.

Of the seven most recent presidents, none had everything going for them, but two had three of the four needed traits: Donald Trump and Bill Clinton.

Gerald R. Ford

Gerald Ford was a policy wonk. Having lived his life in Congress, he knew all the moving pieces of what had to be done and why and what was possible. Remember, Bismarck said that politics is the art of the possible. Ford personified that. He was into the weeds on all of the issues. He could lose you in the details. Ford had many presidential qualities that Trump doesn’t have. His humility, for example. “I’m a Ford, not a Lincoln.” But Ford was not nearly as strategic as Trump.

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter was brilliant, patient. It was how he found solutions between Israel and Egypt. But he was slow to act. He does not have Trump’s breathless, dazzling speed. Nor his guts.

Historian, Doug Wead, shakes hands with, President Jimmy Carter

Ronald Reagan

Historian, New York Times Best Selling Author, Doug Wead, shakes hands, with President Reagan

Perfect for the Cold War. Relentless. Even-headed. Like Trump, Ronald Reagan was not swayed by the majority but saw things realistically. He had an iron will to stand up against evil and a soft heart for the weak. And the media could not sway him from either course. Like Trump, the media hated him. But he would not be on top of this crisis. It demands too much decisive action that he just would not take.

George H.W. Bush

Special Advisor, Doug Wead sits facing President George H.W. Bush in the White House

Smart. Very political. Kind. But George H.W. Bush deliberated endlessly and couldn’t make decisions. He liked lots of options. Trump does, too, but he finally makes up his mind.

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton seems to have some of the emotional qualities needed to deal with this current crisis. Of course, if it had happened on his own watch, with all that was going on in his personal life, it could have been disastrous.

But if he were the president today, like Trump, he would have a deep desire to do it right, and, like Trump, he would know how to merge some of the best of the private and public sectors. He also would have media allies.

George W. Bush

George W. Bush was the anti-father son. He was very decisive, although many of his decisions were bad, and he never looked back. I see GWB stumbling into this current crisis the way he did the economic crisis of his time.

Barak Obama

Barak Obama‘s presidency was over as soon as he was elected. He was given the Nobel Peace Prize. As the first African American president, he is assured a huge place in history. He had no drive to do anything. Obama saw everything as the responsibility of others. He blamed everything bad that happened in his administration on his predecessor and then tried to take credit for all the good that happened under Trump.

Donald Trump

President Donald Trump standing wtih Historian Doug Wead

Donald Trump was born for this moment. He has a strong desire to handle it well. He knows how to bring back the economy in a way that Obama couldn’t. He has the confidence and optimism of Reagan and no help from the media. A more establishment Republican would hesitate before committing to a large government program. Trump has no qualms about it. As a former businessman, Trump also set corporations free to help.

There is one other element to understanding Trump. He was on the motivational circuit. I was too. We all expect our leaders to be winners. We want our surgeon, our airline pilot, our accountant, our attorney to all be winners. He wants to be a winner as a president. He wants to live up to the speeches he gave onstage as a motivational speaker.

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Myriam Wead: The Lady Behind the Presidential Books

Myriam Wead, Oval Office, White House, President Donald Trump
Myriam Wead with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office, 2017.

This Spring, Myriam and I will celebrate 32 years of marriage. What a ride. Many of you have read my books and never known her work behind the scenes. 

Born and raised in a village outside of Angers, France, she worked for a year in Toronto before beginning her work of transcribing hours of interviews with George H.W. Bush. Eventually, she transcribed interviews and recollections from five presidents. Ford, Reagan, Bush, (both father and son) and finally Donald Trump.  None of the books would have been written without her help.

These pictures offer a record of her multiple meetings with presidents over the years.

Myriam Wead, Historian, Doug Wead's wife, behind President Ronald Reagan, at the Charity Awards Dinner
Myriam Wead and President Ronald Reagan at the National Charity Awards Dinner, 1990.
Myriam Wead, wife of Doug Wead, historian, with President H.W. Bush
Myriam Wead and Vice President George H.W. Bush. She transcribed the book I co-authored with him.

How The Democrats Took Out Bernie Sanders

Super Tuesday was conceived by Southern Democrats after their devastating loss to Ronald Reagan in 1984. They never again wanted to see an ultra-liberal nominee take the party down to defeat. They had nominated the liberal vice president, Walter Mondale. Reagan carried every state in the union except Mondale’s home state of Minnesota.

The effort to remake the Democrats nominating process was led by a charismatic southern governor named Chuck Robb. He had other allies, including Arkansas governor, Bill Clinton. Their idea was to get southern states moved up earlier in the nominating process. This, they thought, would empower Democratic black voters and more moderate Southern whites. Of course, the southern governors knew that it would empower them as well. Perhaps they would have their own aspirations.

Super Tuesday was born.

At first it didn’t work. In 1988, liberal governor, Michael Dukakis, was the Democratic nominee. But since then it has hummed along with perfection.

Historian Doug Wead, talks with, Virginia Governor, Chuck Robb
Doug Wead with Governor Chuck Robb

If Chuck Robb failed to win the Democratic nomination for himself, his buddy, Bill Clinton did and the first African American president, Barack Obama, won two terms.

In this 2020 cycle, the Democratic establishment used the event to take out ultra liberal, self-declared socialist, Bernie Sanders. Moderate progressive, presidential nominees, Pete Butigieg and Amy Klobachar dropped out of the race just before Super Tuesday and fellow socialist, Elizabeth Warren, stayed in to split that vote and help the Democratic establishment take down Bernie Sanders in Massachusetts, Texas and other states he would have won.

Lots of experts are saying that in 2020 the Democrats are headed toward a brokered convention. A brokered convention is when no one, single candidate arrives at the national convention with enough delegates to win the nomination on the first ballot. Each candidate will be forced to “broker” their delegates on each successive ballot until one gets a majority.

But don’t count on a brokered convention. It makes for colorful commentary but it shows an ignorance of history. In recent years the front-runner almost always wins. In fact, the front-runner going into a convention hasn’t been stopped since 1952 for Republicans and 1924 for Democrats. That latter convention was when William McAdoo, a member of the Klu Klux Klan and the son in law of President Woodrow Wilson, led on the first ballot for the Dems but didn’t ultimately get the nomination.

The only way there might have been a brokered convention in 2020 was if three candidates, in this case, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Michael Bloomberg, had each arrived at the convention with enough delegates to be viable. Super Tuesday eliminated Bloomberg and made It a two-man race.

There are no brokered conventions because there are instead, nowadays, brokered campaigns. Like the stock market, every possible scenario gets baked in before the final investment. Long before they arrive at the convention the delegates will have been traded or bought and there will be a winner.

So how did the establishment Dems steal the nomination from Bernie Sanders?

Very simple. They cut a deal with Elizabeth Warren. First she took out Bernie in the debate. He told her a woman couldn’t be elected, she claimed. He denied ever saying it. At the next debate she took out Michael Bloomberg.

She stayed in for Super Tuesday, guaranteeing that the socialist vote would be split and Biden would take Massachusetts and Texas and other states that Sanders would have won.
Her reward? Biden will pick her as his running mate. He will say that he is uniting the party but he will actually be rewarding the political assassination of Bernie Sanders.

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Memories From the Iowa Caucuses

Former President Jimmy Carter made it famous. I had the privilege of interviewing him about his experience. He went into Iowa with a 2% name recognition.

He won the Jefferson-Jackson Day straw poll in 1975, which earned him the cover of Time and Newsweek magazines. Then Carter won the Iowa caucus in 1976, launching him to the White House.

From then on it became the favored path to the presidency. If you ignored it, like Rudolph Giuliani did and like Mike Bloomberg is doing now, you couldn’t win the nomination.

On the other hand, if you won it, there was no guarantee that it would work for you like it did for Jimmy Carter. Other successful politicians stumbled in Iowa, but that proved to not be fatal.

Historian, New York Times Best Selling Author, Doug Wead, shakes hands, with President Reagan

In 1979, I was invited out to Pacific Palisades to have dinner with Ronald and Nancy Reagan. It was the week he announced for the presidency. At the time, I was being asked to author his campaign biography.

“Well,” I said when called my agent, Jed Mattes, that I had “permission to write the Reagan book.”

Jed called me back, he concluded that no one in New York thought he was going to make it through the Iowa Caucus. I countered, “Well I think he is beating Ambassador Bush.”

“No, no, no,” Mattes argued, “You don’t understand me. No one in New York thinks he is going to live through the Iowa Caucus. He is too old to be president.”

So I wrote the only available biography of Ronald Reagan in 1980. It sold 400,000 books.

As it turned out, Reagan lost the Iowa Caucus in 1980 but went on to win the White House anyway.

On Feb. 8, 1988, Bob Dole won the Iowa Caucus. Pat Robertson, a televangelist came in second. George H.W. Bush, the sitting vice president came in third. Most observers thought Bush’s career was finished.

Special Advisor Doug Wead standing in the White House with President George H.W. Bush standing behind a desk
Doug Wead with President George H.W. Bush

I went to Iowa with his son, George W. Bush. The whole Bush dynasty was almost stillborn that night. Later that evening, I walked with George W. to his room, read out-loud a little bit from the Bible for him, then he rolled over in his bed and fell asleep.

Then I went to the bar and found Dorothy Bush, the vice president’s daughter. She was stunned. She asked, “Is there any hope?” The story was that her dad, the vice president, was going to retire from politics and run the Purolator Company. I said, “There’s still a chance in New Hampshire next week.”

And so, George H.W. Bush won Iowa in 1980 but lost to Reagan for the nomination and lost Iowa in 1988 but won the presidency.

Iowa can mess with your mind.

Historian, Bestselling Author, Doug Wead, meets with President Donald J. Trump, in the oval office, at the white house
Doug Wead with President Donald Trump

For one final story. When I interviewed Eric Trump for my book “Inside Trump’s White House” he told me a great story about the Iowa caucuses in 2016. The Trumps were new to politics. They knew the business world but the presidential game was at times baffling to them.

Eric was tapped as a surrogate speaker the night of the Caucus and was driven by staffers to a big gymnasium where he would have to talk about his father. On the way Eric blurted out, “Hey guys, what is a ‘caucus’?”

I thought that was great. The Trump’s loved their country and wanted to make a difference but they were certainly not lifelong politicians trying to get power.

It was all new. Eric’s question is a good one. What is a “caucus”?

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Donald Trump’s Winning Foreign Policy

       When Trump demanded that NATO nations pay their delinquent dues, token amounts of money that they had agreed to pay to provide for their own defense, the American national media erupted. He was trying to weaken NATO, they claimed. He was a Russian spy. The media insisted this with a straight face.
       Trump did not back down. “This has been going on for decades, by the way. Under many presidents,” he said. “But no other president has brought it up like I have.”
       He was right.
       In fact, within two years, the NATO secretary general insisted that Trump’s confrontational approach to member nations had made the organization stronger than it had ever been. The call for increased participation from allied nations was “having a real impact.” It was long overdue.
       “Here is the ultimate example of American stupidity,” Trump told me. “We buy billions and billions of dollars’ worth of missiles. Then we give them away to our allies, our rich allies.
       “So I challenge that. I say to the general, ‘Why are we doing that?’”
     At this point in the conversation, Trump once again adopted the persona of a character in his story. He straightened up like a soldier and declared solemnly, speaking in the monotone, emotionless, staccato voice of his general, “Sir! They are our ally. They are our friends. Sir!”
      Then Trump’s demeanor relaxed. “I say, ‘They are not our friends. They are ripping us off.’”
      The president straightened up again, becoming the general. “‘Sir, they are our ally. Sir!’
      “The worst part of this is the realization that the people who treat us worst are our allies.

      With Trump as president, NATO nations that were the most flagrant abusers of their own agreement started coming into line. Trump’s action raised more than $40 billion for the United States—money that would have never come in without him. NATO nations added $100 billion toward their own defense. According to NATO’s secretary general, Jena Stoltenberg, the alliance was now stronger than ever.

*From the pages of Inside Trump’s White House

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I Read The Private Correspondence Between President Trump And Kim Jong-Un

       The president waved a small handful of papers above his head, as if he were teasing a child with candy. “So, we’ve agreed to show you everything.”
       He waved the papers. “Nobody’s seen this. My people don’t want me to give these to you. But I want you to read them. If you are going to do this book, you need to read this.
       “These are private. These are the personal letters exchanged between me and Kim Jong-un. You can’t keep them, but I’m going to let you read them. These are amazing. This is history. I want to know what you think
Donald Trump had obviously signed on to the idea of this book, because without any prompting from me, or without a single question, he was now waving these letters—the crown jewels—before me.

       “So, they don’t want me to let you see these letters, but I think you should,” he said. “I think you should. This is my personal correspondence with Kim Jong-un. I want you to read it.”
       I didn’t know who he meant by “they,” the people who had told him not to show me the documents, but I assumed it wasn’t Bill or Sarah, the only others in the room. It was more likely NSA advisers, or State Department folks or intelligence experts. And they would all have good reasons to tell him not to let a writer see them. But that, of course, meant that my project was known to them, as well, and that it had been discussed.
       “You can’t photograph these or copy them in anyway,” the president said. I imagined he was passing on protocols to which he had agreed.
​       And then he added, “Nobody will ever know how close we came to war.”

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In The White House With Barron & The Trump Grandchildren

“That last night of the inauguration celebration we were all together,” Don Jr. remembers. “The White House staff created a table full of kids’ food in the State Dining Room, and, as you know, the kids always get the good stuff. Everybody likes kids’ food. Soon the adults were in there chowing down on hamburgers and chicken fingers.”
       The children didn’t stay in the dining room long. They were soon scattered throughout the State Floor in a rousing game of White House hide-and-go-seek with Uncle Barron as the supervisor.
​       “The kids all love Barron,” Don Jr. explains. “He rules the grandkids.”
       Within minutes there were shrieks of laughter and screams of delight as Trump children were rousted out from behind drapes in the Blue Room and from underneath chairs in the Red Room.​
       With the sounds of giggling grandchildren echoing in the halls of the White House, the adult members of the Trump family sat down together around the table in the State Dining Room. Carved into the stone fireplace were the famous words of John Adams, the first president to live there: “I pray heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this House and on all who shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise Men ever rule under this roof.”

Eric and Lara Trump had an announcement. “That night, Eric and I told the whole family I was pregnant with Luke, with our son,” Lara said. “It was just a very special memory that we will always have.”
       Hearing the loud exclamations, Barron came rushing back into the dining room. He was sweating and huffing and puffing. Out of breath. “What happened? What happened?” He was juggling both worlds: the grandkids, where he reigned supreme as the favorite uncle, and the adults, who were busy changing the world from the White House State Dining Room.
       “Okay?” Barron asked, waiting for an answer. Was that it? Was there more? Were the announcements over? “Okay?”
       The kids were calling from the East Room of the White House, where they had found new, foolproof places to hide. Uncle Barron was needed elsewhere.

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A Playful Love In The White House

       Journalists often try to look for a wedge between the first couple. The president was known for calling out, “Where’s my supermodel?” Was this demeaning? Melania was once asked.
       She only smiled. “It’s his sense of humor.”

       Other members of the Trump family insisted that the two, the president and the first lady, were often playful in their repartee. For example, while outwardly, officially, the various Trump family members would talk about what a privilege it was to serve their country, and you could ask them how they were holding up to the scurrilous public attacks and they would all answer back graciously, the fact was that privately, it was a nightmare, and they all knew it. No first family in recent memory had gone through what they were going through. It was much worse than Donald Trump’s original warnings back at the family meeting in Bedminster, New Jersey.

       The president would occasionally ease the tension by teasing the first lady, saying, sarcastically, with puffed up importance, “Melania, honey, look at this incredible journey I have brought you on.”
       “It’s like a joke between them at every dinner,” Lara says. “Everyone is attacking all of us and she’s smeared for no reason other than pure jealousy and he says, ‘Hon, isn’t this amazing? This journey that I have allowed you to come on?’
       “And she’s like, ‘Oh yeah, thank you so much.’

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The Night Donald Trump Achieved The Biggest Upset In American History

Donald Trump met privately with his wife, Melania. “Baby, I’ll tell you what. We’re not going to win tonight, because the polls have come out, and it’s looking bad. 
       “But, you know what, I’m okay with it. I couldn’t have worked any harder. You can’t do any worse than that. I mean, I just couldn’t have done it. And if I lose, I lose. And you know what? If I lose, I’m going to have a nice, easy life. We can all relax, together, right?”
       But Melania, who had consistently told him from the beginning that he would win, would have none of it. Again, at this moment, when the experts all agreed it was over, and it was being proclaimed on television and he was giving her the bad news, she was still not convinced. She listened politely and then then answered back once again. “It’s not over,” she told him. “You are going to win.”

Donald Trump may have been a little skeptical, but he did not totally reject Brad Parscale’s numbers.
       “Their numbers are all based on the wrong turnout probabilities,” Parscale insisted. “You are going to win, sir.”
       “Well, you may be right,” Trump said to Brad.

       During this conversation, someone asked the candidate what he would do if the networks were right—which it appeared was going to happen. What should they plan? Would he stop by the party at the Hilton to greet the people who were waiting? They needed to know how to handle it.
       “You know what?” Trump said, “I’m just going to go downstairs and make a statement and the next day I’ll get on my plane and go play golf in Ireland.” That was it. That was how the marathon presidential campaign would end. Right where it had begun. At the bottom of that escalator in Trump Tower. Or out on the streets of Fifth Avenue.

President Donald Trump, meets German Chancellor, and talks with Ivanka Trump, and Jared Kushner

For a moment, still uncertain, waiting for television anchors to confirm what his own team was telling him, Donald Trump sat transfixed by what he was seeing on television. He was now watching the Clinton supporters at the Javits Center as they tracked the returns. There was a slight, delayed reaction to what he was learning from his own team and what was being reported to the public.

“Look at these crying Clinton supporters, imagine how they feel?” Trump said, studying the tear-streaked faces of young ladies at the Javits Center. “They never saw it coming. Just think how hard they have worked. It must be terrible. It must be terrible.”       

For weeks, he had been bracing himself for those same feelings. Ivanka was struck by the contrast between her father’s mood and the jubilation echoing in the staff rooms in other parts of Trump Tower. She understood the joy of the team, even the gloating. They had every right to rejoice in a very hard-fought and bitter political victory. “New York hates you!” the crowd had screamed at the Trumps when they had voted earlier that day. But Ivanka knew her father was in no mood to rub it in.
       “This was a part of Donald Trump that the public doesn’t see,” she told me in an interview about that night. “He defies typecasting. I think it’s an area in which he is misunderstood. He is really very compassionate.”

       Trump dramatically ripped up the speech. “This is totally wrong,” he said. “We have to reach out to those people we saw crying tonight and we have to tell them that it’s going to be okay. And we are going to come together.”       

Ivanka remembered the moment as almost magical. “His instinct was so immediate and so strong,” she said, referring to her father’s mood. “It was a beautiful thing. His first reaction was to feel deeply about what the Clinton supporters were experiencing. And partly because everyone had told them that this was an outcome that was not possible. He was supersensitive to that, and you saw it reflected in his words.
       “It was close to midnight by then.” Ivanka recalled. “And yet, in that brief moment, none of us felt tired. We felt good about the country, and I felt good about my father and his desire to bring the country together. I have so many photos of us just sitting together and rewriting that speech. The feeling in that room was really something beautiful.”

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As a candidate, Trump’s frequent refrain was “America First.” We should take care of our own problems, he said, before meddling in the business of other nations. But the words “America First” were also a reminder that other countries were competing for our attention and our resources. One reason Trump had entered politics was his long-felt frustration over the nation’s trade deficits and defense arrangements, which he believed had led to the economic bloodletting of the American middle class. Were Americans being taxed to take care of the rest of the world? Trump had also complained that massive regulations, especially onerous to homegrown American businesses, had chased companies and jobs out of the country. The challenge for Trump was determining how to take this on. Those jobs were going somewhere. Those trade deficits were benefiting someone. Our massive military expenditures were protecting other nations, freeing them to spend their money on other things.

The tax dollars that had fled America under Bush and Obama, on a massive scale, were now funding other nations’ government programs. They were building highways and airports in the capitals of other nations. An American president who had promised to make his country great again would have to pry loose those American dollars from the clutches of nations that had become addicted to them and that would not give them up willingly. America was not alone in the world. If Donald Trump was really going to put America first, the rest of the world was going to howl.

President of the U.S., Donald J. Trump, in fron of American flag, and the White House

And it was even more complicated than that. The world of commerce had grown so international and interconnected that most big American banks and companies had also found a way to benefit from the money flowing to other countries. “America First” would be resisted not only by a long list of nations that were sucking from the teat of the American middle class, but also by many of America’s corporate giants, many of which were major advertisers and owners of the American media. Trump was in for the fight of his life.

Our biggest trade deficits were often with countries that manipulated their currencies and stole American intellectual property, including top-secret military technology. Much of this, especially the key relationships of major American corporations with China, was driven by insider deals and a vast maze of “legalized” corruption. Many of those companies also sponsored the US news organizations whose stories promoted those same policies to the American people.

All of those companies gave massive donations to the Democratic and Republican parties and to key legislators. They financed many well-intentioned special-interest groups that promoted regulations that caused economic hardship for small businesses, conveniently resulting in monopolies for themselves. They financed think tanks that commissioned scholars to write papers and conduct studies to justify the status quo.

America’s universities, addicted to foreign students who were paying full tuition, openly advocated globalism and funded supporters such as Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, who was reportedly paid $350,000 by Harvard University to teach a single class. This is the same woman who conveniently promoted the idea of government-paid, free college education. It was hard for some to see Harvard University, which had a $37.6 billion endowment, in need of further government subsidy.

President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, on the phone, in the Oval Office, in the White House

In a conversation with the president, I brought up these issues. “When you were first elected and took office, you obviously began to learn details that the rest of us don’t know,” I said. “You had all of these ideas for years, decades really, ideas about the world and about trade and corruption. You’ve given speeches about it. How did all of that change when you became president? Was it as bad as you thought?”
“It is even worse,” the president said. “It is far worse than I thought.

“The good news,” he added, “is that we have great potential. We are turning it all around. And that’s one of the reasons this country is rebounding.

“I can give you twelve countries right now. You would be shocked! How about Germany? How about Saudi Arabia? These are great countries. These are rich countries. Some of the richest countries in the world.

“So, we defend Saudi Arabia and they don’t pay us, okay?”

The president shifts in his chair, preparing me for his impersonation of an actual conversation. You’ve got to love this; remember, Trump is an entertainer.​

President of the United States, Donald Trump, leads bilateral meeting, with King Salman of Saudi Arabia

“So, I told the king, ‘You’ve got to pay. Okay, king? You’ve got to pay.’”

The president then pursed his lips to mimic the dignity of King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia. “And the king says, ‘Yes, and how much would you like?’

“Imagine? Imagine?” Trump said. “The Saudis have been doing this for years, but nobody ever asked them to help pay for it. Saudi Arabia wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for American support. It is the most incredible thing I have ever seen. Our roads are falling apart, our bridges are in danger, our airports look like they are in developing countries, and you have years and years of us protecting the world while they all grow rich. Doug, I hope you can see right now how crazy this is.”

He impersonated King Salman once again, pursing his lips. “‘Yes, and how much would you like?’

“I say, ‘Hasn’t anybody ever asked you before?’

“He says, ‘Well, no. Nobody ever asked us.’

“This is how America was run. For years. For years. And there is so much I could tell you. It’s worse than I thought.”

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