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January 19th, 2013
04:49 PM ET

Presidential historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Douglas Brinkley on Obama's first four years and their expectations for his second term

This evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" begins the celebration for this weekend's presidential inauguration by welcoming guests Doris Kearns Goodwin and Douglas Brinkley to the program.

The two presidential historians share with Piers Morgan their thoughts on Obama, his administration and also share their hopes and expectations for the White House in the next four years.

Goodwin, whose book, "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" was the inspiration for this year's academy award nominated film "Lincoln" quotes Abigail Adams who said, "Great necessities calls forth great leaders" when referring to Barack Obama's first four years and notes that "Obama had a pretty serious crisis, the financial crisis being second only to the great depression."

"The country supported [Obama], during a very difficult time, his leadership."

Brinkley parallels Obama's first term to the term of another president, Franklin D. Roosevelt who during his presidency, led the United States through and out of the Great Depression.

"This president, Obama, inherited the 'Great Recession,'" says Brinkley. And he has a time now to talk about how we are incrementally getting better but we're not whole if middle class and poor people still aren't part of the American dream."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interviews and tune in this Sunday at 9 p.m. for a special live presidential inauguration "Piers Morgan Tonight" in Washington D.C.
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