The President’s Club is a powerful read and extraordinary book. Nancy Gibb and Michael Duffy truly collaborated on a remarkable study of this select group of individuals and created a great read and a worthwhile study for nearly every citizen who can read. The book is so positive about each and every one of the 44 members without ignoring the problems and counterproductive maneuvers that were not worthy of club members.
Each newly elected President of the United States has entered office and begun a transformation, usually some “kick in the pants” event happens on their first watch which changes everything – absolutely everything. The club is there to protect the office, to get an overview of the country, and to understand, connect, and support each other. No one else can understand what it is like to hold this office.
The largest number of club members living at any one time was 7. Nearly every President since Hoover came into office thinking that they did not need the previous fellows and thought their get acquainted sessions were just “good manners”.
But Truman could see that an individual needed people who had experienced the office and who were trustworthy to counsel them and talk through what needed to be accomplished and what route to take. Truman restored Hoover’s good name and reputation after the name calling got so bad it reached a verbal lynching pitch. Hoover went on to assist the next Presidents, and for 20 more years, with foreign policy efforts that have made a lasting impact on the world.
Jimmy Carter should have been the Tea Party’s Candidate, he had to live out his Christian Conservative Doctrine every waking minute and then he blundered through sharing everything with extreme honesty and the general public did not want to know. What an amazing statesman he has become – still makes many blunders and lives his within his beliefs. Everyone has needed his assistance.
Nixon had to resign but in trying to restore his good name he used his incredible intelligence and powers of manipulation to make a huge impact on the thinking and wisdom of all the Presidents who came after.
The only President I did not have better thoughts about was Reagan. He was all “image” and got others to do the work for him so he could come off as the white hat. I could not shake my feelings about him being slimy no matter how positive the authors presented his case.
Bush #43 – well he is a good ol’ boy but he doesn’t seem to understand the common man and he could not get out of ”the party” mode of operations. Even though the book was gracious and kind to his terms and experience – I am still embarrassed by him and his staff- so negative and cruel and he could not release from this disgusting agenda or being dependent and feeling entitled to huge amounts of money.
I did find some saving moments by reading every word. The book is NOT about individual policies or actions, it IS about how the members worked with each other; the only ones who knew the experience.
I love how Bush #41 was presented and my opinion of him was raised even higher than before. He is still providing great support and humor to those who have followed his time in office.
The book is just loaded with links to Presidential Libraries, pictures of events, and detailed references. I had to stop linking to get through the book in time to write this post.
You will not be disappointed by reading this book – I think each person will find some forgiveness in their expectations for a President and his choices and I think people will be better informed about who they choose for their next Commander in Chief. Truly it should not be up to the parties and the folks with the most money.
Did you know that former President’s did not receive any post service compensation and that Truman lived in near poverty (and had to build his library) after he left office? The President’s club finally developed a stipend system for former Presidents before Truman died.
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