Bob Diamond

Valley Forge – December 1777

British General William Howe and his officers rested in comfortable winter quarters in Philadelphia, as eighteenth century warfare remained “a seasonal business.” Howe saw no reason to fight in cold weather, as well as his having confidence they could defeat George Washington and his rag-tailed ill trained troops at any …

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George Washington and Phillis Wheatley

George Washington, as military leader of Colonial America, received numerous accolades from the adoring public during the Revolutionary War, but, according to historian Ron Chernow, nothing could match the tribute from a Boston woman named Phillis Wheatley, who sent him a flattering poem in October 1775. In polished poetry she …

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Young George Washington ‘Set the World on Fire’

In 1753, it was only a question of time until the British and French clashed over their North American colonies. The British colonies were mainly along the eastern seaboard west to the Allegheny Mountains. The French claimed the entire area west thereof, including Canada. Both nations claimed the huge Ohio …

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The two worlds of Lyndon B. Johnson

According to historian Robert A. Caro (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, The Passage of Power), “Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency (1963-1969) is arguably one of the greatest success stories of any president in American history, as well as one our worst failures.” With the assassination of Kennedy on November 22, 1963, …

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The Kennedy’s, Johnson and the 1964 Civil Rigts Act

On November 22, 1963, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson became president upon the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The entire situation of Johnson assuming the presidency from Kennedy, according to historian Robert A. Caro, was ironic. The Kennedy’s (JFK and his brother Bobby, the Attorney General) had completely lost confidence …

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Reach out, touch people, because you care

This November, I will be term-limited out after serving almost ten years as a Commissioner in Aventura. As my political days are over, I offer advice to those who are running for political office: “Reach out, touch people, because you care.” Years ago, I had the great honor of serving …

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The Presidents Tee Off

At the recent Republican National Convention, Marco Rubio joked of President Obama, “By all accounts, he is a good husband, a good father…and thanks to lots of practice, a pretty good golfer.” Obama is not alone as nearly every president over the past century has been a golfer. The exceptions …

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1812: Our Most Misunderstood War

Associated Press reporter Beth J. Harpaz was right when she recently wrote, “Good luck finding someone who can explain in 10 words or less what the War of 1812 was all about.” Some historians will say it was over “Impressment,” namely, that the U.S. declared war against England because the …

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