They all start competing against Lincoln as the greatest president. And the [library] building becomes the symbol, the memorial to that dream.
The past is not simply the past, but a prism through which the subject filters his own changing self-image.
Once a president gets to the White House, the only audience that is left that really matters is history.
That is what leadership is all about: staking your ground ahead of where opinion is and convincing people, not simply following the popular opinion of the moment.
His book on Lincoln is not only a classic in the field ... it is a treasured resource
When I first began working on my Lincoln book, nearly a decade ago, he generously invited me to his home so I could peruse his fabulous Lincoln library. He sat with me for hours, suggesting which sources were the most important to begin my journey.
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
These are the kinds of moments when a president gives voice to the country. They're remembered forever, if it's done right.
he may be able to say something good in the weeks ahead, but at least as it appears right now, that moment that calls for the president has passed.
I think that's what is possible, that somehow her protest and her vigil will make more people empathize with the casualties than have previously done so.
Where's the progress that we're going to see in Afghanistan? You have to keep public support both on the economy and the war or these things will really become troubling.