Washington and Eisenhower Warned Their Successors Against Partisanship (The Dallas Morning News)

The farewell addresses of two great presidents offer three pieces of sage advice for President Donald Trump this President’s Day weekend, if he would take it.

George Washington and Dwight Eisenhower, who modeled his farewell address on Washington, gave carefully crafted warnings not just to their presidential successors, but to future generations about the toxic problems of partisanship, debt and military spending.

Michael Hogue/DMN Staff

Michael Hogue/DMN Staff

So far in President Donald Trump’s term, the country is witnessing a level of political warfare the likes of which has not been seen since Abraham Lincoln’s election in 1860 brought on secession. Since Trump campaigned on reducing the national debt and changing the way the U.S. military approaches the world, there’s hope he will heed the advice of Washington and Eisenhower in ways that could make him a very successful president.

Neither Washington nor Eisenhower wrote his farewell statement quickly. Because Washington almost chose not to re-up for a second term, he refined his closing thoughts for a period of five years, according to a new book by CNN political analyst John Avlon’s Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations. Eisenhower’s address went through almost thirty 30 during his last 18 months in office, writes Fox News Anchor Bret Baier in his new book Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission.

CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE

(Published in The Dallas Morning News)

 

 

9 Pieces of Wisdom for Life’s 9 Innings (DallasNews.com)

9 Pieces of Wisdom

9 Pieces of Wisdom

Friday’s inauguration in the nation’s capital triggered childhood memories for some of us of the black-and-white televised image of Chief Justice Earl Warren administering the oath of office to John F. Kennedy on a frosty day in January 1961. Then the new president electrified the country with an inspiring address to do something good for the country. Along with that vivid flashback, however, comes the painful awareness of how many inaugurations I’ve since watched on television, and how times have changed.

Despite that bitter pill of unvarnished truth, January again offers a new beginning for those seeking to seize the new year to do what it takes to move one’s internal needle forward, regardless of who occupies the Oval Office, or how many of those occupants one might have lived through.

In my case, at the ripe age of 63, barring unexpected circumstances, it puts me in the midst of life’s sixth inning, approaching third base in my run around the diamond. Fortunate to have good health, looks like there’s still lots of baseball left to play, things to do, relationships to grow, yada, yada, yada. So, as the new year begins with one president leaving and another one entering the White House, and the book of aging turns another page, is there hope for a wiser perspective in 2017 than what worked pretty well last year? Maybe, but only upon creating a plan with a more informed vision.

Ah, the joy of finding and using wisdom, that endangered animal, in hopes of constructing a more enlightened mindset — but where to find that elusive critter? One fail-safe way is by drilling into the thoughts of wise people, three of whom (through their books) crossed my path in the last twelve months: business consultant Joseph Jaworski (son of legendary lawyer Leon Jaworski) in Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership; renowned family therapist Rosamund Stone Zander in Pathways to Possibility: Transforming Our Relationship with Ourselves, Each Other, and the World; and award-winning Canadian journalist Ian Brown in Sixty: A Diary of My Sixty-First Year. The following are my nine favorite pearls of wisdom that not only resonated while their books were on my lap, but have helped tweak my game plan for the new year: (READ MORE)

 

Speaking Engagements – Meet Talmage Boston

Talmage Boston speaks frequently at professional associations, conventions and retreats throughout the country.  His audiences leave the room recharged about their careers and inspired to reach new levels of achievement.

A Texas Monthly Super Lawyer every year since 2003, and a Best Lawyers in America every year since 2013, Talmage is the author of Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents (forward by Ken Burns, Bright Sky Press, 2016), and Raising the Bar: The Crucial Role of the Lawyer in Society (TexasBarBooks 2012).  Talmage has been a featured speaker on C-SPAN, at the National Archives, and to World Affairs Councils all over the country.

For speaking engagements or other inquiries, please contact Talmage at 214.745.5462 or tboston@winstead.com

Speech Topics:

  • ƒƒTen Commandments of Great Leadership—Based on the Performance of Our Top Presidents
  • ƒƒWhy Atticus Finch Is Still Our Role Model—Even After Go Set a Watchman
  • ƒƒWhat Leaders Can Learn About Communication and Professionalism from Abraham Lincoln
  • ƒƒWhat Leaders Can Learn About Professionalism from Atticus Finch
  • ƒƒWhat Leaders Can Learn About Negotiation and Counseling from the Career of James A. Baker, III

 

Talmage Joins “Good Day” (KDFW Fox 4) to Discuss Donald Trump Inauguration and Transition

Talmage Discusses Trump Transition

Talmage Discusses Trump Transition

While America waits for Friday’s inauguration, Fox 4 Anchor Tim Ryan discusses President-Elect Trump’s upcoming transition with Talmage Boston, author of Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents. 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL DISCUSSION 

Speaking Engagements – Meet Talmage Boston

Talmage Boston speaks frequently at professional associations, conventions and retreats throughout the country.  His audiences leave the room recharged about their careers and inspired to reach new levels of achievement.

A Texas Monthly Super Lawyer every year since 2003, and a Best Lawyers in America every year since 2013, Talmage is the author of Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents (forward by Ken Burns, Bright Sky Press, 2016), and Raising the Bar: The Crucial Role of the Lawyer in Society (TexasBarBooks 2012).  Talmage has been a featured speaker on C-SPAN, at the National Archives, and to World Affairs Councils all over the country.

For speaking engagements or other inquiries, please contact Talmage at 214.745.5462 or tboston@winstead.com

Speech Topics:

  • ƒƒTen Commandments of Great Leadership—Based on the Performance of Our Top Presidents
  • ƒƒWhy Atticus Finch Is Still Our Role Model—Even After Go Set a Watchman
  • ƒƒWhat Leaders Can Learn About Communication and Professionalism from Abraham Lincoln
  • ƒƒWhat Leaders Can Learn About Professionalism from Atticus Finch
  • ƒƒWhat Leaders Can Learn About Negotiation and Counseling from the Career of James A. Baker, III

 

World Affairs Council of America, 2016 National Conference Panel on Presidential Leadership and U.S. Foreign Policy

2016 National Conference Presidential Leadership

2016 National Conference Presidential Leadership

Talmage Boston moderated a panel discussion at the 2016 National Conference on Presidential Leadership and U.S. Foreign Policy.  The guest panelists included Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor, National Journal;  and Evan Thomas, Journalist, Historian, and Author of Being Nixon: A Man Divided.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL PANEL DISCUSSION

CLICK BELOW TO WATCH EVAN THOMAS’ COMMENTS ON TALMAGE’S BOOK

Cross-Examining History by Talmage Boston Featured in 5 Most Popular Posts by Washington Independent Review of Books

Washington Independent Book Review

Washington Independent Book Review

“Having the hefty design and subject matter of a college textbook, but the structure of a month’s worth of ‘Charlie Rose’ transcripts, Cross-Examining History features interviews about the presidency with notable authors, scholars, and political figures including David McCullough, Douglas Brinkley, and James Baker, respectively.” READ MORE

 

Litigator Expands Interrogations Into Book on Presidential History (ABA Journal)

Cross-Examining History

Cross-Examining History

What do you get when you mix a seasoned litigator, a presidential history buff and a passionate writer?

No, not a bad lawyer joke but the perfect combination of skills needed for author Talmage Boston to pull off his new book, Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers from the Experts About Our Presidents. In the 500-page compendium, Boston puts presidential history on the witness stand, offering readers the chance to learn more about America’s commanders in chief.  READ MORE

This article originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of the ABA Journal with this headline: “What’s on the Shelf: Litigator expands interrogations into presidential history.”

Trump’s The Andrew Jackson of Our Time, Says Historian-Partner (Texas Lawyer)

Andrew Jackson - 7th U.S. President

Andrew Jackson – 7th U.S. President

Dallas lawyer Talmage Boston’s first brush with presidential history came from his mom’s gift on his seventh birthday: trading cards with photos of presidents and facts about their time in office.

The Winstead shareholder took a much deeper dive into the world of presidential historians in more recent years with a series of more than 30 public interviews with history authors and former government insiders.  He’s included those interviews in the book, Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers from the Experts About Our Presidents, which came out in September.

Boston, a civil litigator for almost 40 years, spoke with Texas Lawyer and about his perspective on Donald Trump’s upcoming presidency, seen through a historical lens.  Here are his answers, edited for brevity and clarity.  READ FULL ARTICLE

(Written by Angela Morris, Texas Lawyer)

Washington Independent Review of Book: A Jurist’s Probing Questions About America’s Commanders-in-Chief

Washington Independent Book Review

Washington Independent Book Review

When future historians look back at this 2016 election season, what will stand out is the vociferously binary nature of the political discourse about — and between—the presidential candidates.

One can hope that come, say, 2060, those historians will see what lessons we contemporary Americans came to learn. Unfortunately, of course, we are in doubt of it today, given cable news as entertainment and a 24-hour broadcast cycle accelerated by the rise of social media with its conversational echo chambers geared more toward commercial exploitation than cogent information.

Meanwhile, we are left to aspire to better ideas and brighter discussions about presidential politics and those who have held the world’s most powerful office. Attorney-author Talmage Boston’s latest book, Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers from the Experts about Our Presidents, gives us such, along with bits of intellectual balm via historical lessons that are applied through conversational anecdotes.  READ MORE

(Book review written by: Washington-based freelance writer/editor, J.J. McCoy, former staff writer for the Washington Post for more than a decade.)

What Can Past Presidential History Teach Us About Today? (ABA Journal’s Podcast)

Cross-Examining History

Cross-Examining History

In honor of the 2016 election, Talmage Boston joined the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles for this episode of “The Modern Law Library.: He talked about this labor of love; the importance of considering historical context when judging a president’s actions; and what past history may tell us about the future of the Trump administration.

About the current political climate, Boston said that“we are more barraged with information from pundits and from both sides than we’ve ever been before, and it is consuming people’s mindsets unlike any time in our history.”

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN THE PODCAST

 

 

Which Presidents Earned the Seal of Approval? (Dallas News)

Dallas News Staff Artist, Michael Hogue

Dallas News, Michael Hogue

Every newly inaugurated president in our past has brought into office the public’s expectations of anticipated performance.  His supporters have foreseen only great things happening under his leadership, while detractors have predicted that the country will surely suffer through rapid decline during his administration.  Such expectations are necessarily tied to the accuracy of what each voter sees in his or her own crystal ball (READ MORE).

(Published by Dallas News, Commentary)

Talmage Boston is the author of the book Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents. 

 

 

LexBlog