Category Archives: Politics

Remembering the Nancy Reagan Loved by Reagan

Nancy Reagan has passed away. Here are some excerpts that I wrote about her in my book, The Faith of America’s First Ladies. God Bless you Nancy for your service to our country. Handling Criticism with Grace If anyone experienced … Continue reading

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Giving while Grieving–Jackie Kennedy’s Christmas Print, 1963

On the morning of November 22, 1963, the art director for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City mailed 200 prints of a water color of the White House Green Room to Jackie Kennedy at the White House. The boxes arrived at a Washington D.C. airport … Continue reading

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How did Calvin Coolidge Save $500 by Lighting the First National Christmas Tree?

President Calvin Coolidge was known as Silent Cal, thrifty with his words and also thrifty with his pocketbook. Because he didn’t want to spent the extra $500 to install a button at the White House to turn on the lights for the first … Continue reading

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What gift did John Quincy Adams give America on Dec. 24? Peace on Earth

Exactly 200 years ago on Dec. 24, 1814, John Quincy Adams gave Americans the best Christmas gift he could possibly give to a nation at war: a peace treaty. “I consider the day on which I signed it as the happiest … Continue reading

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The Sergeant Who Saw the Remains of Saddam Hussein and Made an Ethical Choice

On Veterans Day this week, Robert O’Neill spoke about shooting Usama Bin Laden and the mission behind it. O’Neill relayed his story to Peter Doocy of the Fox News Channel. Hearing O’Neill’s story reminded me of an ethical choice made by Sergeant Joseph … Continue reading

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What I Saw Before the Fall of the Berlin Wall–25 years ago

The Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago today. I wasn’t there when it fell but had the opportunity to see the wall in person a few months earlier as these photos show. In May 1989 I traveled throughout Germany with a choir from … Continue reading

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How the 2014 midterms broke a 20-year trend

Were the 2014 midterm elections historic? Yes. Midterms are always historic when a party takes control of either the U.S. House of Representatives or Senate, as the Republicans did this go around. These midterms, however, are also historic because they broke … Continue reading

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Midterms and the Sixth Year Itch: 1938, FDR

Midterm elections often fall into a pattern where the president’s party loses seats in the U.S. House and Senate. Sometimes the American people have a six-year itch, showing their objections to the president’s policies by voting against his party in the … Continue reading

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Midterms in Historical Context: Eisenhower and Truman

On Nov. 4, 2014, Americans will vote in midterm elections, the second of Barack Obama’s presidency. To place these midterms into historical context, we’ve looked at Presidents Bush, Clinton, and Reagan’s second midterms. We’ve also looked at the atypical 1960s … Continue reading

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Atypical midterms in the 1970s and 1960s: Carter, Nixon-Ford, Kennedy-Johnson

With the November 2014 midterm elections less than a month away, it’s useful to view political events in historical context. Will the president’s party lose seats, as is typical in a midterm election in a second term? Sometimes circumstances and … Continue reading

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