September 2014 Founders' Dinner with Professor Edward J. Larson

On September 4, 2014 FORR held its annual Founders’ Dinner, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward Larson of Pepperdine University. Professor Larson spoke on the topic, “Washington, Reagan, and Character Based Leadership.” George Washington saved the United States by coming out of retirement to lead the Constitutional Convention and serve as America’s first president. Professor Larson drew parallels between George Washington's and Ronald Reagan’s leadership, concluding that both men shared a deep sense of humility, a belief in Divine inspiration behind America, and and understanding that America has a unique role in the world based upon its commitment to individual liberty and a Constitutional Government serving its people. Professor Larson concluded that it is appropriate to compare Reagan with America’s greatest Presidents, including Washington, and that President Reagan was one of America’s greatest leaders in history.

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