On This Day

Author: Gary Hart

In 1992, a journalist named Richard Ben Cramer published a book entitled What It Takes.  It contained profiles of seven candidates for the presidency in 1988, became a best-seller, and is still used in political science classrooms.  A year or two later, as one of those profiled in the book, I asked Richard if the seven of us had anything in common.  “Oh, yes,” he said.  “You all had strong mothers.”  “They told each of you that you could be anything you chose to be.”

This story is a tribute to mothers everywhere.  God bless you all.

Gary Hart

4 Responses to “On This Day”

  1. Paul G Says:

    LET’S TAKE A CELTIC HARMONY TO CELEBRATE OUR HOST’S MATERNAL HERITAGE & LEGACY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHNzj3qrrxg

  2. Anna V. Says:

    Yes and he was right!)

  3. Tom Gee Says:

    To update this research, all three of recent presidents to serve two terms had strong mothers.

  4. Paul G Says:

    AN ENLIGHTENED MOTHER INSPIRED A YOUNG SON’S PRINCIPLED ACTION

    In the conservative 1950’s Eisenhower era an enlightened Kansas sophomore student refused to sign ‘The Pledge’ Bethany College required of female students to abide by rules that were not enforced for male students. “Everybody signed it – except Gary,” wrote Richard Ben Cramer in his masterpiece, What It Takes, (Random House, NY, 1992, page 333).

    In the 1970’s, as successful manager of WWII hero George McGovern’s nomination campaign for the presidency, Gary Hart led the groundbreaking work to ensure diversity and inclusivity of women and minorities in the post-1968 Democratic Party; a legacy of his strong mother and his principled action.

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