I just finished reading a terrific book: ‘The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity’ by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy, two TIME magazine editors.
The book looks at the special relationships between sitting and ex presidents of the United States. Since Truman developed a relationship with Herbert Hoover, our chief executives have kept their predecessors busy … sending them on missions to help starving nations, broker peace deals, and monitor foreign elections.
I confess my ignorance about President Hoover. This book has sparked my interest to learn more about the man widely blamed for the Great Depression. He was much more than that.
Interesting that Jimmy Carter seems to have annoyed every president he worked with, after he left office. Carter had a way of doing things his way … angering the sitting presidents he was helping.
Most interesting to me is the relationship Bill Clinton has developed with both George H. W. and George W. Bush. Clinton is treated as part of the Bush family.
Clinton also developed a very close relationship with Richard Nixon.
Our thought for today is from Adlai Stevenson Jr.:
“In America any boy may become president and I suppose it’s just one of the risks he takes.”