What would make Japan sleep easier?

November 30, 2016

Another good US Ambassador

During the past 75 years, the US and Japan have emerged from a bitter war to become 2 of the strongest nations on earth. Their strength was insured as they worked together. The US and Japan have built 2 of the world’s strongest economies- together. Never in history have 2 former enemies done so.

Now, during these times of political uncertainty, is it conceivable to think that Japan may doubt the sincerity of the US to continue this relationship.

During the election campaign, Donald Trump raised issues of currency and market manipulation and has now rebuked the TPP agreements. Hillary Clinton, too, made comments and overtones that suggested her own “protectionist” leanings. This new American sentiment should worry Japan.

How can President Donald Trump assure Japan of a continued relationship? By naming a US Ambassador to Japan that understands Japan. One that Japan trusts.

The current Ambassador, Caroline Kennedy has done a wonderful job. She has worked hard to strengthen these relationships. The question is- “who can be trusted to continue this work”?

Enter a little know gentleman from Birmingham, Alabama.

Mark Jackson was appointed as Honorary Consul General of Japan in July on 2014. Until then, he founded and grew a global teleconference service and volunteered his time serving on many community boards, in the US and abroad. He has chaired the Birmingham Sister Cities Commission and strengthened his city’s ties and raised its global profile.

He has also developed solid relationships within Japan.  His father’s served in the Navy in the pacific theater and later returned to Japan to climb Mt Fuji. Before he passed away in early 2104, he was informed that Mark would be named Honorary Consul General. The elder Jackson’s response was “I am glad the world has changed. I fought the Japanese and now my son will be their diplomat.”

Following his father, Mark has a love for Japan. He has worked tirelessly to strength the economic and community ties between Alabama and Japan. Incidentally, Alabama is home to 142 Japanese-owned companies, including Honda, Toyota and Dai Ichi.

He has worked with current and past consuls general, mayors and ambassadors. He has helped develop new relationships between cities in Japan and Alabama. In short, he has proven his dedication to strengthening the bilateral relations between Japan and Alabama.

Can he do this for the US and Japan? I believe he can. He understands the Japanese culture and the US culture. He has an unwavering respect for his culture and Japan’s. He understands global business and economies. He supports fair and free trade and feels that mutual respect is the basic foundation of all relationships.

It has been proven that the US and Japan are allies but will this relationship continue? Naming an Ambassador with Mark’s experience will insure that it will.

Some will ask if it is safe to trust such an important relationship to a “diplomatic greenhorn” honorary consul general. I say yes. Mr. Jackson has the talent and drive needed.  He has the global relationships. He has the relationship base in both countries. And like his father, he has a deep love and respect for the US and Japan.

This election season has proven that uncertainty is a scary thing. It is important to assure our allies of our support. By naming a newcomer to this position, I am sure we will prosper together.



Dear Mr. Trump, give us Rudy Giuliani !

November 25, 2016

Dear Mr. President-Elect:

As one who was loyal early and long, right after my own Rand Paul dropped out, and took a lot of heat for it, please, please give us Rudy !

Here are three big reasons you should pick Rudolph Giuliani as Secretary of State.


1) He is the most qualified and successful politician-statesman alive. He succeeds at everything he does.

Working in the Justice Department and for the State of New York, he more than any other figure, brought down the famous five families of the Mafia which had been an intractable problem for the economy and society of America for generations.

He ended the reign of violence on the streets of New York, which was once like Chicago is today under Rahm Emanuel.

My feel is that he needs a new challenge. And this is it.

Actors who are good at one part often get type cast and need a new role to challenge their skills and give them range. Rudolph Giuliani, who succeeds at everything he does, needs that challenge. And you need him at your side.

As Mayor of New York City, he made the city great again and he can help you do that for America in the world.

Still want to drain the swamp? He did it in New York.

2.) He was loyal.

I’m not against your narrative of “team of rivals.” I think you are generous and smart to reach out to Mitt Romney and others who dissed you and involve them in your campaign to make America great again.

And Romney’s effort to turn the world of LDS against you didn’t work. Which makes your generosity all the more meaningful. And yes, you want to heal that. You SHOULD heal that.

So make Mitt the Ambassador to the Court of St. James.

But don’t disappoint someone who risked everything for you when it looked like you couldn’t win. And who was willing to sit on the sidelines with ignominy for the rest of his life. For you.

3.) He is Catholic. And you won those rust belt states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania by picking up former union workers, so called “Reagan Democrats” who are Catholic.

Okay, I hear you. We have six Catholics on the Supreme Court.

But now you have a vice president and a secretary of education and a secretary of HUD who are evangelical Christians. Time for a Catholic. Who is loyal to you and a genius at everything he does.

Give us Rudy. You need him. Team of rivals is good. Team of genius is better.


Jared Kushner, Trump’s son in law, would not be the first!

November 17, 2016

Secy of Tres, William McAdoo

According to the Wall Street Journal, Donald Trump’s son in law, Jared Kushner is now being considered for a prominent White House job. He would not be the first son in law to hold a prominent position with a president. Consider the story of William McAdoo.

William McAdoo served in President Woodrow Wilson’s cabinet as the Secretary of Treasury. He was married to Woodrow Wilson’s daughter Eleanor, called “Nellie.”

Secretary McAdoo had a stellar career, servings as a U.S. Senator from California. Twice McAdoo was the Democratic front runner for president. He led on the first ballot at the DNC in 1920 and again in 1924.

More than 18 sons of presidents served with their father in the White House. And 14 daughter in laws served in some capacity in the White House as well.

Most recently, Barbara Eisenhower, the wife of John Eisenhower and daughter in law to President Dwight Eisenhower, served as the president’s hostess during out of town and international trips. Mamie Eisenhower, the first lady, had a terrible fear of flying and so Barbara became the president’s official companion on trips across the country.

In March, 1987, George W. Bush was brought into Washington, D.C. to help his father’s presidential campaign. I was running coalitions and George Bush, Jr. as he then called himself, was inserted above me. It was my privilege to travel with him in private jets, car caravans, buses, and commercial air travel and see him up close.


Jared Kushner

Bush, the son, became known as “the loyalty enforcer” and was so effective that I didn’t know how his father would be able to run the White House without him. But George Bush, Jr. was intent on returning to Texas to buy the Ranger and run for governor.

I had many conversations with him about it. Both Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter had brought their sons into the White House to work with them, putting them on the RNC and DNC payroll respectively.

“Dad doesn’t want any Bush working in the White House.”

I frequently challenged him on the issue. Once in a meeting I casually mentioned a cousin who had helped us with the campaign and was wanting to work there.

A few days later he brought the cousin in while I was sitting with him in the office.

“Where do you want to work,” Bush snapped.

The cousin stuttered and said softly, “Well, I was thinking about…”

“No White House,” George W. shouted. “No Bush is going to work in the White House.”

“Well,” the cousin tried again, speaking softly, “I was thinking that maybe just for the first few months…”

“No. No Bush will work in the White House!” George W. reiterated. And his cousin nodded.

But a few months later, I was driving in through the White House gates for my job as special assistant to the president and  there was his cousin, stopped at the gate being given a rough time by the guards. I stopped and helped identify him.

He had indeed, in spite of George, Junior’s insistence, gotten a job in the bowels of the OEOB and as it turned out he was incredibly important in helping to keep staffers loyal and on track. Just the threat of someone walking down the hall and talking to a Bush made all the difference int he world.

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Doug Wead on staff with George H.W. Bush.

If George W. Bush had worked in his father’s White House there is no doubt in my mind that his father would have won re-election. George would have helped block the Richard Darman tax increase that broke his father’s campaign pledge, “Read my lips, no new taxes.”

But if having him on White House staff would have assured his father’s re-election in 1992, it would have also likely ruled out any future political career of his own. He would have helped his father’s presidency but lost any chance for his own.

Jared Kushner on senior White House staff makes a lot of sense. For Trump and for the nation.

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Trump kids can work in the White House

November 14, 2016


Throughout American history it has been common and useful for presidential children to work with their fathers in the White House. A presidential child can be a different piece on the chess board, with different abilities from any other.

One can never be fired from the position of “son” or “daughter” which gives them the rare ability to take the risk of confronting the president on sensitive issues that would not be appropriately discussed outside of the family.

They can make decisions and assume responsibility for actions that others cannot.

One of the biggest problems in government is that at the highest levels decisions are not made. If you make a decision and it is well done, the president, rightly gets the credit.  If you make a wrong decision you are punished or fired. If you make no decision at all you are often safe. It is harder to fix the blame on one who failed to decide. Thus the president is hurt by lack of decisions.

This is less likely at the COS staff level where there is constant access to the president but it will proliferate quickly at lower levels.

A family member, however, can force a decision in a crisis and take that risk.

His or hers very presence gives a WH policy whistle-blower a chance to give crucial information up the ladder without fear.

But don’t modern anti nepotism laws rule out the appointment of a son or daughter? (1967 law.)

Modern presidents have circumvented this law by putting their son or daughter on the party payroll. Thus a Jack Ford or Chip Carter had – at various times – an office in the White House but were on the RNC and DNC payroll respectively. Susan Ford worked as a White House photographer.

Some children of presidents, such as Webb Hayes and Anna Roosevelt, had extraordinary powers in the White House. There is a scene in my book All the Presidents’ Children where First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt begs to be on the manifest for the historic trip to Yalta. Anna, her daugher, says no.

Many in-laws, also, served prominent roles. Ike’s son John Eisenhower and his wife Barabara lived in the WH. First Lady, Mamie Eisenhower was afraid of flying so the daughter in law became the official hostess on the road, traveling with the president on out of town and some foreign visits.

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(President Elect Donald Trump and Doug Wead)

Here is a list of presidential children who worked in the White House with their fathers?

George Adams

John Adams,II

Abraham Van Buren

Martin Van Buren, Jr.

Robert Tyler, Jr.

Richard Taylor

Millard Powers Fillmore

Robert Johnson

Ulsses Grant, Jr.

James “Webb” Hayes

Russel Benjamin Harrison

Anna Roosevelt

John Eisenhower

Jack Ford

Susan Ford

James “Chip” Carter

Why Trump wins even if he loses

November 7, 2016

It all comes down to tomorrow.


If Trump wins he will be president. If he doesn’t win, well, he wins anyway. He is a businessman who will have come out way ahead. He went into the race with a 63% name recognition factor and comes out with 99%. He had a measurable brand loyalty of 8% but comes out with 44%. Not bad.

For me, as someone who loves and studies history this has been a wonderful and humbling experience following the action this election cycle.

In the next two days I will be making six appearances on three television networks. I will try to keep family and friends apprised of hit times by Twitter.

Here was an appearance on Sunday morning.

The closest elections in modern history.


Have we ever had an election choice like this?

October 19, 2016

In 1884, the electorate had to chose between a corrupt politician, who took money in exchange for favors and a New York misogynist.

The misogynist was a lawyer. He and his partners shared the sexual favors of a young lady. When she became pregnant he stepped forward to assume paternity. When one of his partners died he became the guardian of his daughter. When she became a teenager she fell in love with him. When she turned 21 they were married. In the White House.

She was the youngest First Lady in American history. He was the only president to be married in the White House. Grover Cleveland and Frances Folsom.

The loser in the election of 1884? James Blaine.

Kilmeade’s bestseller is now in paper

October 17, 2016

This is a fun, fast, heart-pumping read. Or listen to it on audio.  It will forever change your view of today’s war with Islamic terrorism.


Here’s one of my favorite history books, now going paperback!

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed America
by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger

1. Here is the Amazon link for Twitter, Facebook, your email list, or anywhere else:


2.  And special for many, like me, who are fans of Fox and Friends, you can get your PERSONALIZED edition on Brian’s website.  Buyers can request a special message which Brian will write and sign.