Cokie Roberts unveils the politcal prowess and power of the 'Founding Mothers'
ABC News and National Public Radio reporter Cokie Roberts celebrated early American First Ladies at the National Book Festival, first paying tribute to former First Lady Laura Bush, who founded the annual event on the National Mall September 8, 2001. Roberts went on to outline Ladies Of Liberty (Harper Perennial Reprint; March, 2009), her sequel to her New York Times number one bestseller, The Founding Mothers. Roberts compared and contrasted two of the most powerful Founding Mothers, first describing the fierce loyalty to her husband of Abigail Adams, whose determined support for the infamous Alien and Sedition Act proved to be the undoing of President John Adams. In contrast, Roberts unveiled the powerful political influence Dolly Madison exercised in keeping an equally unpopular President James Madison (despite the War of 1812, known as 'Madison's War'), in office for a full two terms. Roberts closed her remarks by noting that the letters of the Founding Mothers often revealed the human failings and frailties of the canonized Founding Fathers and then took a couple of questions from the audience, including how she got her name--Cokie.
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