How Nancy Reagan forever changed the job of First Lady

Former First Lady, Nancy Reagan, will be laid to rest today in Simi Valley, California. She was a remarkable woman. Overlooked in discussions of her role as the devoted wife is how she forever changed the role of First Lady. It was a role that was markedly different from any before her but one that willContinue reading “How Nancy Reagan forever changed the job of First Lady”

Presidents in the Movies

Each president is different.  In their own way, each has impacted the office.  What may be an accurate theatrical representation of one president will differ greatly from another and both may be right or wrong.  In recent years, the office has become forced into a more consistent template, this because of the demands of securityContinue reading “Presidents in the Movies”

George H.W. Bush: The Nicest President in American History

Having worked for the man I can tell you that George H.W. Bush is no pushover.  When Manuel Noriega rattled his swords and waged his drug war against the USA, Bush descended on Panama like a thunderstorm, without warning, bringing the villain back in chains.  When Saddam Hussein invaded his neighbor, Bush organized the entireContinue reading “George H.W. Bush: The Nicest President in American History”

When presidents go on vacation

Having written about presidents and worked for presidents I can tell you that there are some misconceptions about presidential vacations.  Some things happen like the rest of us.  Some things don’t. First there is the idea that the president is the boss and can take off when he wants.  Actually, he is at the mercyContinue reading “When presidents go on vacation”

Presidents and their mothers

“All I am or ever hope to be I owe to my angel mother, God bless her.” – Abraham Lincoln There is plenty of anecdotal evidence to confirm that most of America’s presidents are “mama’s boys.” It must make Sigmund Freud smile for one of his most enduring discoveries was how the perceived favorite childContinue reading “Presidents and their mothers”

The Conspiracy Against Ron Paul

The Conspiracy Against Ron Paul I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. My experience in the White House leads me to believe that a secret is currency that is quickly spent. Some conspiracy theories have thousands of people in large organizations, operating with extraordinary discipline, keeping secrets for hundreds of years, a mathematicalContinue reading “The Conspiracy Against Ron Paul”

The Egyptian Crisis: What Would Reagan Do?

President Ronald Reagan was not quick to respond to crowds in the street.  He complained, for example, that we probably made a mistake in abandoning the Shah of Iran. Consider for a moment the morality of this Egyptian Crisis and what the American government is now saying.  We are telling Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, theContinue reading “The Egyptian Crisis: What Would Reagan Do?”

How FDR got us out of the Great Depression: Lessons for today

Conservatives and Liberals still argue about government’s role in ending the Great Depression and many people see the discussion more relevant today than ever before.  Conservatives point to a compelling 2004 study by two UCLA economics professors showing that Roosevelt’s New Deal policies actually prolonged the recovery.  Written four years before the recent crisis theContinue reading “How FDR got us out of the Great Depression: Lessons for today”

Presidents’ Vacations

Presidents’ vacations. There is an uproar over President Obama’s vacation.  And once again the charge is hypocrisy.   He is a president who champions public schools for the masses, while sending his own daughters to private schools.  And in this case, a president who urges us to visit the beaches of the devastated Gulf while heContinue reading “Presidents’ Vacations”