While most presidents use some of the best writers to draft their inauguration speeches, President-elect Donald Trump says he will be writing his own, and is looking to Presidents Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy for inspiration.
According to The Washington Post, Trump told this information to presidential historian Douglas Brinkley, Bloomberg columnist Margaret Carlson, Democratic lobbyist Thomas Quinn and Newsmax Media chief executive Christopher Ruddy, at Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday.
“He went on and on about Reagan and how much he admires him. But it wasn’t all about Reagan. He spoke about Kennedy and how he was able to get the country motivated, to go to the moon. He’s thinking about both men as he starts to write the speech, which is something he’s now taking the lead on,” the source said.
Brinkley told the Washington Post a little bit about what his conversation with Trump consisted of:
“We talked about JFK and Reagan and about how William Henry Harrison caught pneumonia after giving too long of an inaugural speech,” Brinkley said. “I was there as a presidential historian, telling stories and listening to his view of the presidency.”
Brinkley said he found Trump to be “relaxed and utterly gracious” and “as happy to talk about NBA basketball as he was about history.”
“It reminded me a little of Nixon, who loved football,” he said.
“When I raised the fact that I was writing a book about Kennedy and the moon shot and NASA, he did talk about how he admires Kennedy in addition to Reagan. There was admiration for Reagan’s style and for Kennedy,” Brinkley said.
“He recognizes that he’s entering a club,” he continued. “Even if he didn’t spend a lifetime reading presidential biographies, he appreciates that he is joining the club and is learning more about its traditions.”
Christopher Ruddy added that the speech is going to be an opportunity for Trump to “share not just his ideas but his style and his approach” and that it is going to “reflect the fact that he would be the first citizen president.”
The full article from the Washington Post can be seen Here: