Quotes by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Helen Kearns Goodwin is an American biographer, historian, and political commentator. Goodwin has written biographies of several U.S. presidents, including Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream; The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga; Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln; and The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.

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Obama does seem to have what both FDR and Lincoln had, which is the recognition that you have to hold back at times and then wait to come forward.

- Doris Kearns Goodwin

Once a president gets to the White House, the only audience that is left that really matters is history.

- Doris Kearns Goodwin

I think after Sandy Hook, when Obama went out, and he talked a lot about gun control and met with the parents, there was a sense that something was going to happen. But then, I guess, the power of special interests was greater than public sentiment.

- Doris Kearns Goodwin

That is what leadership is all about: staking your ground ahead of where opinion is and convincing people, not simply following the popular opinion of the moment.

- Doris Kearns Goodwin

The past is not simply the past, but a prism through which the subject filters his own changing self-image.

- Doris Kearns Goodwin