Book cover: Presidential Friendships - How they Changed History. Two hands shaking in front of the White House

Presidential Friendships: How They Changed History

The story of two pairs of presidential friendships, each involving a Roosevelt who powerfully shaped and expanded the presidency in the 20th century.

Many of our presidents knew each other personally and were friends with one another. These friendships opened new political opportunities that wouldn’t have otherwise existed, significantly shaping their mutual careers. They provided important continuity between administrations, helping practices and ideas transcend generations. In short, friendships between U.S. presidents have changed the course of history.

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How Old is Too Old to be President?

How Old is Too Old to be President?

Joe Biden is the oldest man to occupy the Oval Office. He broke the record previously set by Donald Trump. Both are likely candidates for president in 2024. How old is too old to be president? It's a question we should address as a nation. I wrote an opinion article...

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America’s Audacious Independence

America’s Audacious Independence

My opinion article setting Independence Day in historical context was published on TheHill.com. Here's an excerpt from the beginning of the article: "It was an audacious and brave statement. On July 4, 1776, 56 men adopted what we now know as the Declaration of...

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Whistle-stop Campaign

Whistle-stop Campaign

In 1948, President Harry S Truman defied all odds in winning a term as president in his own right with his shocking upset victory over New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey. No one, pollsters, pundits, or the people expected Truman to win. No one, except Truman himself....

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Do You Know Where the Vice President Lives?

Do You Know Where the Vice President Lives?

We all know the President lives in the White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. But what about the Vice President? Are they left to fend for themself? For most of our nation's history, that was the case. With each new Vice President, new security features were...

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Tense Transitions of Presidential Power

Tense Transitions of Presidential Power

Our nation is in the midst of one of the most unusual transitions of presidential power, as the sitting president refuses to concede, is filing multiple lawsuits claiming widespread voter fraud, and attempting to influence what electors are selected in key states for...

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Rare Video of George Washington’s Inauguration

Rare Video of George Washington’s Inauguration

It was April 30, 1789 - exactly 231 years ago - that George Washington took the oath of office for the first time as the first president of the newly minted United States of America. It was the launch of our great American experiment in democracy. What was it like on...

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Portrait-ShortMike Purdy is a presidential historian and author of 101 Presidential Insults: What They Really Thought About Each Other – and What It Means to Us. As an expert in presidential history and frequent media commentator on presidential history and politics, Mike runs PresidentialHistory.com as a public resource. He lives in Seattle, Washington. 

 

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