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Democrats (Counterclockwise around the table beginning in lower left): Carter, F. Roosevelt, Jackson Truman, Johnson, Wilson, Kennedy, Clinton
It's lonely at the top!
Our Presidents have a uniquely solitary job. They surround themselves with the strength and wisdom of talented and experienced people, but as Harry Truman once said, "The buck stops here." We can hardly imagine the weight of decisions they must bear. Perhaps that is why we are so familiar with the before and after photographs depicting the accelerated ageing process while in office. These leaders deserve some time to relax and unwind.
Some of the greatest times anyone can enjoy are when we can let our guard down because we are among those who have been where we have been: people who know the truth and don't make harsh judgments. We can have a great time with each other especially after the challenge has been met and the heat is off. We can talk, commiserate and just be ourselves.
Who do former presidents hang out with? Wouldn't it be just a great time if they could "let their hair down" together and just have a time to laugh and remember? Can you imagine that?
Well, here they are: