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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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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...

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