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Wise Thoughts From Bryce Harlow

July 8, 2017

One of the continuing themes that emerges from the Trump White House is the lack of  candor that many of his aides and top insiders have when it comes to saying what must be said to someone who is so out-his-league in matters of governing and policy-making.   As I was reading this weekend I came across a great quote from another Republican who faced a similar quandary as an insider to presidents.

Bryce Harlow, devoted though he was to Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon, both of whom he served in high-level positions, insisted on telling them what he believed, not what they wanted to hear.

“When someone said, “It must take courage to tell a president he is wrong,” Harlow replied,” It takes courage not to do it if you know you should. It may hurt you, but if you can’t do it, you can’t live with yourself. That’s an expensive trip.”

Amen, Bryce.

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