Michael Beschloss: Character and the Presidency

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What qualities make a candidate presidential material? What characteristics make an ideal President? From Washington to Trump, the President of the United States requires vision as well as effective and ethical leadership to be great. With a presidential election just thirteen months away, Americans have turned their focus to the candidates for the office of the President, and their  hopes for America's future. 

Continuing our biennial "Character and the Presidency" series, the Hauenstein Center is proud to announce this year's event, in partnership with the Peter F. Secchia Family, Meijer Foundation, Gerald R. Ford Foundation and Gerald R Ford Presidential Museum & Library. Named "the nation's leading presidential historian," by Newsweek, Michael Beschloss presented his wealth of knowledge on the most coveted office in the United States, giving us a glimpse inside the walls of the White House, and the qualities it takes to lead it, and us. 

Newsweek calls him “the nation’s leading Presidential historian.”  Michael Beschloss comes to us in a trailblazing partnership with the Peter F. Secchia Family and Meijer Foundation. The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies along with our friends at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, and Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum & Library, welcome Michael Beschloss for this year’s installment of our biennial “Character & the Presidency” series.

An author of multiple best-sellers, Michael has written nine books on various American presidents and the office they inhabit. His most recent book, Presidents of War, was included in Bill Gates’s summer 2019 “five best books” list. Gates said, “Beschloss’s broad scope lets you draw important cross-cutting lessons about Presidential leadership.”

In addition to his published works, Michael is a regular contributor on PBS’s The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and is the Presidential Historian at NBC News, the first position of its kind. He has appeared on C-SPAN countless times.

Michael is an alumnus of Philips Academy (Andover) and Williams College. He received his MBA from the Harvard Business School. He has also received honorary doctorates from Williams College, St. Mary’s College (Maryland), Lafayette College, St. Peter's College, and Governors State University.

In his evening address, Michael spoke to the qualities of character in the presidency, in both times of war and peace.

Michael Beschloss, President Mantella, Gleaves Whitney

Michael Beschloss and Gleaves Whitney

President Mantella and Peter F. Secchia

Hank Meijer

Beschloss Luncheon

Jakob Biggard

Gleaves and Hank

Beschloss

Beschloss

Beschloss

Beschloss Coffee

Hank

Hank, Gleaves, Brian, and Michael

Michael

Michael and Gleaves