Presidents' Day

Perfecting Our Union

The former president of the United States reflects on what Abraham Lincoln means to him, and to America.

The National Portrait Gallery

The Last Days of the President

After leaving the presidency in 1969, Lyndon Johnson lived out the remaining four years of his life in retirement. One of his former speechwriters recounts how he spent it.

Charles Harrity / AP

Looking at Reagan

"Why can't an actor be as good a President as a peanut warehouseman, a hustling attorney, a schoolteacher? It all depends upon the quality of his fantasies between takes."

Joe Marquette / Reuters
Mark Twain

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