US Grant on the Confederacy

As he was dying in a house near Saratoga Springs, NY, U.S. Grant wrote the final pages of his memoirs. He recalled Appomattox and the cause of the Civil War: What General Lee’s feelings were I do not know. As he was a man of much dignity, with an impassible...

Civility, Duty, and Former Presidents

Kate Anderson Brower at The New York Times: John F. Kennedy called on all three of his predecessors during the Cuban missile crisis, two Republicans (Herbert Hoover and Dwight D. Eisenhower) and one Democrat (Harry Truman). In 2005, George W. Bush sent his father on a...

Contingent Election

In some states, the results of the 2020 presidential election might be in dispute.  And a 269-269 tie is possible, albeit unlikely.  What then?  Under the 12th Amendment, the newly-elected House picks the president — with each state getting one vote — and...

Accuracy and Presidential Rhetoric

Keith Hennessey: In more than six years on the staff of President George W. Bush’s National Economic Council, I had the type of conversation described in the WSJ article hundreds of times. As a policy aide one of my core responsibilities was to make sure the...

President Ford on a Free Press

President Gerald R. Ford, Remarks at the Dedication of the Anderson Independent and Anderson Daily Mail Building in Anderson, South Carolina, October 19, 1974: Now I happen to differ with those who categorize the journalists I know, and others, as a different kind of...