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Your Views: Obama should heed advice of John Adams

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February 21, 2014

I’m reading Jon Meacham’s book “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power.” A passage in the book quotes John Adams, second president of the United States, as follows: “A public speaker who inserts himself, or is urged by others into the conduct of affairs, by daily exertions to justify his measures and answer the objections of opponents, makes himself too familiar with the public, and unavoidably makes himself enemies.”

Meacham goes on to say that “Adams was an accomplished student of politics and history.”

President Obama might want to consider Mr. Adams’ advice. Unfortunately, it may be too late.

JAMES ERICKSON

Janesville



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