June 10th, 2004

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On great presidents

Those who believe that history runs in cycles will be interested to note that the three great presidents took office at 72-year intervals--Washington in 1789, Lincoln in 1861 and FDR in 1933--and that this November it will have been exactly 72 years since the election of our last great president.
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I do not want a great president. I want a president who does his job like I want him to. Which means I want a good presidential team and a president who is not afraid of knowledgeable advisors. And not afraid to take bold steps if (s)he decides they need to be taken.