John Locke was the president’s chief speechwriter and a key figure in shaping his image as a humble and self-effacing leader.
Locke, the son of a Presbyterian minister, grew up in a small town near Baltimore, Maryland, with an affluent and educated family.
He attended Harvard University and earned a law degree at age 32.
He married, divorced and remarried, with two children.
He remained a Presbyterian, but in the early 1960s, Locke joined the National Guard, which was in conflict with the Vietnam War.
The Army decided that Locke would serve as a civilian, but the Army took his military pension, which he paid for himself.
Locoke was the first to be discharged, but he received a full military pension and a civilian pension.
When Locke returned to the White House, he took the oath of office as a Democrat.
He had little to show for his career in politics, but a new life as an icon made him an icon of a different era.
LocKE: I’ve been called an icon for a lot of reasons.
The one I’ll always remember is, I was in the Oval Office when President Kennedy was shot and killed, and I said, “This is the most important thing in my life.
I’m going to be a senator, and when I’m done with the Senate, I’m gonna be president.”
I’m not going to make a difference in the political world.
He’s the first president to be shot in the face.
The other thing that’s so memorable is that day in 1963 when I was the only one who was there and watched him die.
He was the last person to be removed from the stage.
That’s the most memorable moment of my life, and that’s the one that I will always be remembered for.
Theodore Roosevelt: You’ve got to realize that, when I came into office, I had been out of the Cabinet.
We had only been in office for a year and a half, and it was already clear that I had no political experience.
So when I went in and made the announcement that I was running, I wanted to get the word out that I wanted a new start, and so I went to the President and said, I want to be in the White [House] with you.
And I think he was very supportive.
I don’t know if I was ready for that, but I was.
The thing about Roosevelt is, he was always on the same page.
I think that when he became president, he did the right thing by taking over the Cabinet and going out to try to reform the country.
That was a different kind of leader, because you were the president of the United States.
It was a leadership that was about doing what the American people wanted to do.
But at the same time, Roosevelt was a very good listener.
He wanted to listen.
And so when I first came into the Cabinet, I said to the secretary of the Navy, “I think I know what the Navy needs to do.”
And he said, Well, there are a lot more questions about the Navy than about me.
I mean, they’re doing great things.
I thought, Well you know, I’ll have to get to the bottom of that.
So I took a job at the Treasury Department, which is an enormously important job, and one of the things I wanted was to go into foreign policy.
I had already been to France, where I had an office.
I went down there to meet with President Kennedy and with the French, and then I went on to Germany.
That is the one thing that really gave me confidence that the president was going to change, and Roosevelt did.
The second thing that Roosevelt did was to build the great military, which became the most powerful force in history.
He did that by spending huge amounts of money, including $40 billion in the war with Japan, and by cutting taxes and spending.
And that was a tremendous effort, because the American economy was collapsing and people were going hungry.
And Roosevelt was an incredibly smart guy, and he saw it that way.
And he was also very, very generous to his friends.
He really cared about his friends and about what they were doing.
That, I think, is a remarkable quality that we’re not seeing anymore in the Bush Administration.
We have a president who is a very tough negotiator.
That takes a lot to do in Washington, D.C., and I think it’s a quality that is missing in a lot, because we have people who are so focused on their own personal ambitions.
They don’t think about the country, they don’t see what the people of this country are going through.
So they’re really not interested in making the right decisions for the people who live in this country.
And what’s so striking about Roosevelt and the Kennedy