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As WDC prepares for the second Obama Inauguration, the CBS Morning Show with Anthony Mason and Rebecca Jarvis interview historian Doug Wead on life for the Obama children. What is life like for White House kids? Malia and Sasha Obama? January 19, 2013.

This is a short excerpt, a warning by Doug Wead that proved true. This interview takes place at the second inauguration of Barack Obama. Presidential historian Doug Wead is asked by Fox News Channel anchor, Heather Childers, to talk about the president’s agenda.

Excerpt from Simon Martin’s Top Secret: Presidents’ Assassinations, produced by the National Geographic Channel for Presidents’ Day, 2013, covering assassinations of Lincoln scholar, Harold Holzer, presidential historian, Doug Wead and others contribute.

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Doug Wead is a New York Times bestselling author and former adviser to two American presidents.  He served as a special assistant to the president in the George H.W. Bush White House.  

Wead is a co-founder and original board member of Mercy Corps, one of the world’s premier relief NGO’s, having distributed more than $2 billion in food and medicine around the world.

Wead’s books are noted for their numerous primary sources.  He has interviewed ten presidents and first ladies, 19 presidential children and 12 presidential siblings.  

In 1979 he co-founded the Charity Awards with entertainer Pat Boone and Mercy Corps founder, Dan O’Neil.  Mrs. Lyndon Johnson, Rosalynn Carter, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Gerald Ford, George and Barbara Bush, George W. and Laura Bush have all served as Honorary Chairpersons.  Many of the nation’s leading sports and entertainment celebrities have participated in the Charity which honors heroes of volunteerism.

Wead lives in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. with his wife Myriam who helps research material for his books.  They have five children and five grandchildren. 

Lincoln's most famous quote may be bogus!

Interesting Facts About The History Of Our Presidents You May Not Have Known

“All I am or ever hope to be I owe to my angel mother.”

It is one of Abraham Lincoln’s most famous quotes.  It is used in the opening paragraph of a Pulitzer Award winning biography of Lincoln. But newly uncovered documentation casts doubt on the source.  

The quote, which most believe refers to Lincoln’s stepmother, or “angel mother” was passed onto history by William Herndon, Lincoln’s law partner.  According to Herndon, Lincoln made the statement during a carriage ride to the circuit court in Menard County, Illinois to argue a case involving paternity.  Recent scholars at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library point out that no such case exists in the Menard County records.  Was it a Herndon invention?

In any case, we have other quotes, less famous but more reliable that show the president’s devotion to both his biological and adoptive mothers.  Yes, Lincoln, as in the case of so many other presidents, was a “mama’s boy.”

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Almost President – Nine Sons of Presidents Who Might Have Won

Nine men who might have been president. Everybody knows that there were two sons of presidents who became president themselves.  John Quincy Adams, son of our second president, John Adams, was elected the sixth president of the United States.  And George W. Bush, who was the son of  George Herbert Walker Bush, was elected the 43rd president.  But there were many others who thought about it and eight who either declared or were promoted for the position or were highly expected to run. 1.) Charles Francis Adams Charles Francis Adams was the son and grandson of presidents and might have become one himself.  He was fluent in several languages, graduated from Harvard at age seventeen and was elected to the House of Representatives.    As Ambassador to the Court of St. James during the American Civil War he is credited with many for keeping England from supporting the Confederacy.  Author John S.Cooper says he, more than any other single individual, helped win the Civil War for the Union side.  Adams was nominated for president in 1872 and 1876. 2.) John Van Buren Many said he was a better lawyer, businessman and politician than his father.  But when “Prince John” as he was called, was elected to the House of Representatives he kept fighting his fathers old battles. 3.) Robert Todd Lincoln After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, his eldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln rose to prominence in America.  After graduating from law school, every major corporation looked to his services and many offered him positions on their board of directors.   Within decades he became one of the richest men in America and was a cabinet officer and...

Syria – What would Reagan do?

“The president does not have the authority, under the Constitution, to unilaterally authorize a military attack, unless there is a direct threat against this nation.”  – Senator Barack Obama, 2007 The word is that the regime of Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons against its own people.  Reportedly 1,500 have died, including 400 children.   It is a heinous crime.  Some are calling for America to invade Syria and put down this regime.  So I pose this question.  What would Ronald Reagan do? The answer? Absolutely nothing.  At least for now.  For eight years Ronald Reagan tolerated a tyrant far more malevolent than Bashar al-Assad of Syria. If we prove that Assad did indeed use chemical weapons then the whole world should condemn this act and such condemnation will likely, eventually, lead to action.   Syria’s wealthy Arab neighbors, such as Saudi Arabia, who arm themselves with our latest jets and weapons may have a moral obligation to respond.  But don’t hold your breath.  Americans like to do these things.  And the rest of the world is smart enough to let us shed our blood to keep things in order. The fact is that the atrocities of the Assad regime cannot compare to the reign of Cambodian leader, Pol Pot, who may have killed as many as 3 million of his own people during the Carter-Reagan years and he was never brought to justice, nor was it seen as America’s responsibility to do so. The Pol Pot regime practiced true genocide against helpless civilians.  Marked for execution were Cambodian doctors, nurses, teachers, journalists, college graduates and people who could...

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, “an American hero.”

By Doug Wead and Mary Achor America lost a hero today. Throughout her life Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister to President John F. Kennedy, brought her unrelenting energy and tenacity to bear on the problems of the mentally handicapped.  She is best known for the founding and continual support of the Special Olympics. The passion she brought to that cause was forged early in her life. Eunice’s older sister, Rosemary, who was born moderately retarded, was never able to keep up with the frenetic Kennedy siblings.  She was “slow and plodding,” historian Laurence Leamer commented, “living among the swift and nimble.”  Leamer, who wrote the excellent book, The Kennedy Women, said, “Rosemary had a protector in Eunice, who cared for her more deeply than any other member of the family.”  According to the surviving brother, Senator Edward Kennedy, Eunice made certain Rosemary had “her fair share of successes.” Even after Rosemary’s tragic frontal lobotomy surgery, when she would pour out her frustration in fury, Eunice was the family member the caretakers called to soothe her moods.  That infamous operation, insisted on by father Joe Kennedy when Rosemary grew unmanageable for the nuns caring for her, was against everything Eunice held sacred.  The surgery was a defining moment in Eunice’s life. In his early political career, future president John Kennedy, was close to his sister Eunice.  They shared a house in Georgetown when he was elected to the congress.  During this time, father Joe Kennedy pulled strings to get her a job as an executive secretary in a new juvenile delinquency program.  Eunice thrived at the work and would bring fifteen or...

Did the mafia kill Kennedy?

Maybe not.  But we will have to wait another generation to know for certain because political forces even to this day prevent any objective discussion. After passing the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, controversy still surrounds the work of the Warren Commission, the official government investigation into the tragedy.   I have interviewed some of the members of the Commission, including former President Gerald Ford, whom my wife and I have hosted in our own home on two occasions. While there is still debate about whether or not there was a conspiracy behind the assassination, there can now be little doubt that there was indeed a “conspiracy” behind the Warren Commission’s inadequate report.  Upon his assassination, Kennedy, as in the case of Abraham Lincoln before him, was instantly declared a saint and no politician, investigator, judge or media mogul would risk revealing anything that might appear otherwise. The result was that any loose ends that brought out into the open the Kennedy family’s ties to the Mafia or the President’s dalliances with other women or the government’s repeated attempts to assassinate Cuban Premier, Fidel Castro, could not be pursued.  It may be that Kennedy was indeed  killed by an emotionally disturbed, lone gunman, with a “lucky” shot but unfortunately, thanks to an impotent media and compromised investigators, we may never know. Here are some reasons why the Mafia theory still tantalizes. During the presidential primary season, JFK’s father, Joe Kennedy, had called on old Mafia connections that had helped him in earlier, nefarious business dealings.  He asked for their influence in the West Virginia presidential...

Doug & Myriam Wead

Doug and Myriam Wead live in the Virginia suburbs outside of Washington, D.C. Wead is a New York Times bestselling author and former adviser to two American presidents.  He served as a special assistant to the president in the George H.W. Bush White House.  Wead is a co-founder and original board member of Mercy Corps, one of the world’s premier relief NGO’s, having distributed more than $2 billion in food and medicine around the world. His books are noted for their numerous primary sources.  He has interviewed ten presidents and first ladies, 19 presidential children and 12 presidential siblings. In 1979 he co-founded the Charity Awards with entertainer Pat Boone and Mercy Corps founder, Dan O’Neil.  Mrs. Lyndon Johnson, Rosalynn Carter, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Gerald Ford, George and Barbara Bush, George W. and Laura Bush have all served as Honorary Chairpersons.  Many of the nation’s leading sports and entertainment celebrities have participated in the Charity which awards volunteers. Wead lives in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. with his wife Myriam who helps research material for his books.  Doug was born in Muncie, Indiana, Myriam was born in Ste. Gemmes, France.  They have five children and five...

Doug Wead Speaking In Kiev

For speaking engagement you can contact the author at dougwead@aol.com. Doug Wead speaks free of charge for selected educational and non profit organizations. The speaking fee for international engagements is $50,000. A portion of the fee will be donated to charity in the name of the hosting company or agency. The fee for domestic-USA speaking engagements is $20,000 plus reasonable...

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