Our Presidents, who bear a sacred trust to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” mold the Nation’s destiny at home and abroad. By their personal example, they have a profound effect on every American. Through their actions, the strength of the American people is conveyed to the world.
The Presidents: From the Inauguration of George Washington to the Inauguration of Gerald R. Ford. Robert G. Ferris, ed. United States Department of Interior, Washington, D.C. 1976.
“When a man assumes a public trust,” Jefferson said, “he should consider himself public property.” Happily the Presidents of the United States have agreed. Error of judgement they may have made in office, but never an error of spirit. … [A]ll have been men of good will, brave hearts, and devotion to our form of government as “the last, best hope of earth.”
America and Its Presidents. Earl Schenck Miers. Grosset & Dunlap, Publishers, New York. 1959.
From different origins our Presidents have come to office with common drives and dreams. … They have held a common vision of America’s purpose and a common devotion to America’s traditions. For every President has known the truth of Jefferson’s affirmation: “I know of no safer depository of the ultimate powers of the society, but the people themselves.”
Our Country’s Presidents. Frank Freidel. National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C.. 1966.
Crappy old books.