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”

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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”

Did the Mafia Kill Kennedy?

  Probably not.  But we will have to wait another generation to know for certain because political forces even to this day prevent any objective discussion. As we approach the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, controversy still surrounds the work of the Warren Commission, the official government investigation into theContinue reading “Did the Mafia Kill Kennedy?”

Caroline Kennedy in the Senate? An historic perspective

  I am getting a ton of calls from journalists wanting some historical context for Caroline Kennedy’s likely appointment to the U. S. Senate.   Even one of the presidential historian – talking heads has checked in, asking for example, if there have been other children of presidents who have served in the Senate.  “Just AdamsContinue reading “Caroline Kennedy in the Senate? An historic perspective”