Biden’s cabinet picks are globally respected, but one obstacle remains for the US to ‘lead the world’ again

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Abstract

The “team of rivals” was the term historian Doris Kearns Goodwin used to describe US President Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet. It included three men who had run against Lincoln for the Republican nomination for president in 1860: William Seward (secretary of state), Salmon Chase (treasury secretary) and Edward Bates (attorney general).

Appointing these strong-willed figures could have been disastrous were it not for Lincoln’s personal qualities.

Goodwin describes how Lincoln was willing to acknowledge when policies failed and change direction. He gathered facts on which to base decisions. He sought compromise but took full responsibility for his decisions, respected his colleagues and set an example of dignity. (In all these, he sounds like the antithesis of Donald Trump.)
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation Paperpress
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2020

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