Glenn interviewed author Brad Meltzer in the studio this morning about his new book, "The Inner Circle", and some of the fascinating research he did along the way. Watch the video above for more. Or check out highlights from Brad below:
" You know, the National Archives when I went there, I found out that they have a secret cave. All over the country they have caves where they store documents because the greatest thing that we need to store our great documents is not space. We need temperature. We need the temperature to be cool. So it's an issue of funding. And the way they can afford it is they bury it deep down in these underground caves. I said I want to go to these caves, show me these caves. And so I went out to Borders, Pennsylvania and there are old caves and old gold mines and mines that are out there that have been turned into cave storage sites. And as I described it at the end of The Inner Circle is exactly how it is in real life."
"And then I heard this amazing story about Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan in his last moments in the White House, he writes a letter, a secret letter and it says, don't let the turkeys get you down. And then he draws a picture of a turkey. And he puts the letter into the desk of the Oval Office and he leaves it for George H. W. Bush. And then when Bush leaves office, he leaves a letter for Bill Clinton who then writes his own letter and leaves one for George W. Bush who leaves one for Obama. It's the greatest private tradition of the modern presidency. "
" Here's the best part. And [George H W Bush] says, listen, he says, I never felt the loneliness some presidents have described. He said ‑‑ and this is fascinating, especially in today's times. There will be very tough times made even more difficult by criticism you may not think is fair. I'm not a very good one to give advice but just don't let the critics discourage you or push you off course. Of all the things he could talk about in this letter, right, of national security, of the environment. He basically talks about critics and criticism. This is the thing that sticks in the president's mind when he's in office. And he says ‑‑ and I'm amazed by this. He says, you will be our president when you read this note. I wish you well, I wish your family well. Your successes now is our country's success. And I love this ending. He says, I am rooting hard for you, which is just such, you know, typical George Bush. "
"I realized he did send me the greatest secret of the U.S. presidency. And he sent me the reminder that we are run by our own. Right? Whether we like it or not, whether we put them up on pedestals or down in ditches, the presidents of the United States, whoever they are, are still us. They are regular people."