It is indeed a most extraordinary time. As I wrote recently for the Dallas Morning News’ special section on the presidency, trust is a critical leadership attribute—and it must be earned every day. Americans are adrift without the bedrock knowledge that our elected officials are serving the whole country and faithfully defending the rule of law and the Constitution of the United States.
Many people have written me to say that How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions is highly relevant during this difficult time. Please join me on Twitter and help me amplify the critical nature of sound leadership, especially now: @eisenhowergroup.
I hope in the coming weeks that you will watch the book discussion I had with George Hammond at the Commonwealth Club, now on CSPAN Book TV. Or take time to listen to the podcast that the Association of the United States Army did with me recently. There have been so many events, including a discussion with Michael Steele, former Lt. Governor of Maryland and Chairman of the RNC, about Dwight Eisenhower, race relations then and now, and the future of the Republican Party. These were only a few of the engagements I enjoyed since I last wrote you.
For anyone who would like to tune in for a book discussion this Thursday, September 3, Politics and Prose will be hosting me for a lunchtime book talk.
Next time you hear from me I will share some further thoughts about what leaders do when challenges seem insurmountable. I think, in that context, Ike still has much to say to us—and I have a few thoughts of my own! In the meantime, stay well.