Here’s one judge that Donald Trump loves. Federal Judge, Maryanne Barry, his older sister.
Judge Barry, is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She was first appointed to the federal bench during the Reagan administration. The Clinton administration promoted her again.
In 2004, she was presented with a public service award by Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor.
Many presidents have had close relationships with a sister. It is almost eerie. Abraham Lincoln looked to Sarah. Her death broke his heart. John Kennedy was disconsolate when he lost his sister, and best friend, Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy. He vicariously thrilled with her adventures and they shared many secrets together.
President Jimmy Carter was close to his sister, Ruth Carter Stapleton.
When George and Barbara Bush called young George, Jr. out of school in Texas, and had him get into the car, to tell him that his sister, Robin had died, he was stunned. He had known that something was wrong. He had begged to play with her at Kennebunkport, Maine that summer but they kept them apart, fearing that young George would be too rough.
Now, weeks later in Texas, told that she had died, he kept repeating, in between sobs, “Why didn’t you tell me, why didn’t you tell me.” He had not been given the chance to say goodbye.
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Thomas Jefferson’s sister, Martha, was widowed at a young age and spent much of her life at Monticello, running her brother’s estate.
President Rutherford B. Hayes was close to his sister, Fanny. As children, when one got sick, the other one nursed them back to health. Rutherford used to pull his sister around on a sled.
When President Chester Arthur’s wife died, his sister, Molly McElroy, had to step in as first lady, to run the White House and take care of his little girl.
Theodore Roosevelt’s sister, Anna Roosevelt Cowels, “Bamie,” was so talented that Alice Roosevelt once said that she should have been the president.
In the soon to be released book, GAME OF THORNS, you will read about President Donald Trump’s older sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry. When candidate Trump tangled with Megyn Kelly of Fox News, his big sister was there to reassure him. “Just be yourself.”
When the Access Hollywood tape was released, and all seemed lost, she and others counseled calm.
Journalists and television pundits are quick to point out that no president has ever had a sister serving as a judge. It’s true. But some have been close.
President George Washington’s nephew, Bushrod Washington, served on the Supreme Court.
President Zachary Taylor’s sister in law was the daughter of the famous Supreme Court Justice, John McLean.
President William Henry Harrison’s sister was married to a judge.
President John Tyler’s son in law was a judge. He became one of Tyler’s closest confidantes.
President James Buchanan’s brother was the US Attorney for Western Pennsylvania.
President John F. Kennedy’s brother was appointed Attorney General.
Then there is the big one. President William Howard Taft actually, later, became the tenth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
As you will learn in GAME OF THORNS, Donald Trump is close to his family members, that’s why his mind turned to them on the night he was declared the President –Elect.
“Truly, great people,” Trump told the nation, “I’ve got a great family.”