The great presidents...weren’t men with the killer instinct. The three biggest presidential monuments in the capital are dedicated to Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln. These were very tough-minded men, but it wasn’t the killer instinct that guided them.
I think these were men with a rare degree of prudence, wisdom and compassion – qualities that are much needed now.
Some cynics feel that decency in a politician is a handicap. But I think a sense of decency – not prudishness nor sanctimonious self-righteousness but old-fashioned concern and love for others – will be essential in the next Presidents.
Cultivating tough-mindedness, prudence, wisdom, compassion and decency, in memory of an American patriot,