I address not the person, but the office of President of the United States. As a student of history, I have watched you closely. You have changed much since George Washington took the oath. I have seen your power and esteem grow and diminish with the ebb of time. Through the moments of high praise and the low times filled with shame, you have remained steadfast. You’ve overcome the abuse and disgrace of Andrew Johnson and Richard Nixon, the corruption of Grant and Harding, the indiscretion of Clinton and Kennedy, and the disillusion of Buchanan and Carter.
Despite the failings of some, you must not forget the glory of others. Remember the expansion of liberty under Lincoln and L.B.J., the restoration of hope during F.D.R. and Reagan, the lessons of maturity under Madison and Teddy Roosevelt, the pushing of the frontiers by Polk and Kennedy, and the pride felt during Monroe and Eisenhower.
Forty-four men have held you and left their influence upon you, whether for good or ill. Yet even the least among them still upheld the integrity and esteem of the office, even resigning before allowing the office to suffer harm. Though the officeholder is not always esteemed in the eyes of the people, the respect for the office is always in our hearts. May the wisdom of God and His blessings always be upon the Office of President of the United States and may its holder remember the oath and the legacy of those before them. God bless America.
R. S. Gullett
An American Patriot