Recalling the importance and power of President Harry Truman’s Kitchen Cabinet, brought vividly to life in David McCulloch’s Truman, the thought occurred to me that it might not be a bad idea for President Obama to appoint his own Kitchen Cabinet to help think through some of overwhelming issues facing the president and the nation. There is a wellspring of talent in the world of books and historians from which might come some unique and a-political ideas and possibly answers.
Here we go Mr. President with a suggested list of invitees! My guess is they would all not only come but bring some well-educated perspective.
Jonathan Alter, The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope
Henry William Brands, The Reckless Decade, America in the 1890s. TR The Last Romantic, Traitor to his Class. ( FDR)
Robert Caro, The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Doris Kerns Goodwin, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
David McCullough, Truman, John Adams
Edmund Morris, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Rex, Colonel Roosevelt, Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan
Gordon Wood,The Creation of the American Republic and Empire of Liberty
The body of work by the authors of these works of history is a national resource! They could very well be the best and most productive “committee ” in Washington , DC. Go for it Mr. President. You will be in great company!
I Would enjoy hearing suggestions from my blog readers for the Great Historian Kitchen Cabinet at the White House!