I think the citizens of this nation should be reminded of the following quick story.
President John Adams had been defeated for re-election in 1800. He sat in the half-finished White House and reflected on his life. He wrote a letter to his wife, Abigail. She had already left for their home in Braintree.
John included in his letter…..
“I pray to heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house and on all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.”
Franklin Roosevelt was so taken with the lines and lived so long in the White House–twelve years–that he had it inscribed in the mantel of the East Room fireplace.