Harry Truman wrote scathing letters, but he almost never sent them.
Racial segregation in the South not only separated the races, but it separated the South from the rest of the country.
Foreign policy – dealing as it does with the most charged political subjects of all, the safety and dignity of the nation – will always be political terrain particularly vulnerable to distortion and demagoguery.
Eisenhower was quite supportive of Kennedy and Johnson in terms of foreign policy.
After one party loses two elections in a row, there’s sort of blood in the water.
The 1890s was an intensely patriotic decade for Americans. It was a time of neo-imperialism, when the European powers and the United States were establishing their flags around the globe.
McGeorge Bundy was a brilliant man who’d had a meteoric academic career and was the youngest man ever to be dean of the Harvard faculty. But he was also arrogant and looked upon all sorts of people and politicians as not to be taken all that seriously.
When Gingrich attacked CNN’s John King for bringing up his alleged proposal of an open marriage to his second wife, Gingrich accused him of lowering the level of discourse in a presidential debate, suggesting that such a discussion is unworthy of consideration by voters.
Historians will look back and say, ‘Foreign policy in the Ford presidency was very much dominated by Kissinger, with a kind of continuity from the Nixon period.’ Ford is not going to be remembered as a really significant foreign policy maker.
At the end of their first years, there are few people who would have predicted that Truman would be elected in 1948 or that Reagan would get a second term. It’s always premature to make some kind of categorical judgment after the first year in office.