In an interview that aired on "60 Minutes" tonight, Scott Pelley asked Governor Mitt Romney what lessons he had learned from studying past presidents.
It is a testament to the candidate's own humility that he didn't mention any of the usual names in his answer. There were no references to Washington or Lincoln. Instead, Romney talked about America's second president, John Adams.
You know, I enjoy reading David McCullough's writings. My favorite book is perhaps of a biographical nature, was his book on John Adams, a person who had extraordinary character, a relationship with his spouse who may have been even brighter than he. We don't know as much about her as we do about him. But a man who had a very clear sense of direction, who helped guide the process of writing the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. He wrote the Constitution of my state of Massachusetts. And, we saw in him an individual who was less concerned about public opinion than he was about doing what he thought was right for the country. And even though he was defeated in his run for reelection, he did what he thought was right for America. And I respect that kind of character.
A candidate who respects that kind of character has the makings of a good president.