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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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  1. Dean Zemple

    Brinkely and Goodwin don't know what they are talking about. Yes, Obama inherited the recession and he has made it worse. Obamacare will bankrupt this country. Even the GA0 said this yesterday. Obama took us from 9 trillion in debt to 17 trillion and he still thinks we don't spend enough. What are people going to say when the dollar crashed under all this debt and everyone's savings will become worthless overnight. Obama lacks common sense. Remember he voted 3 times against the "Baby Born Alive Act" as an Illinois state senator.

    January 19, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Susan

    Goodwin is blinded by her liberal bias about Obama. Obama will never be a "Great" President. Although the financial crisis was serious, 911 by far was one of the worst crises this country has ever faced. The Country was in a state of shock!!! It was the first time the country had been attacked on the mainland. And whether you like it or not under Bush the country came together. Since the great financial crisis, Under Obama's leadership, the economy has never fully recovered because this man doesn't understand how the economy works and with Obama Care he will lead us into financial collapse! His reelection only leaves me with fear & dread in my heart & mind for the future!

    January 19, 2013 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Elaine

      Susan, you forget that "UNDER BUSH" we were ATTACKED on 9/11. The Bush administration was given all kinds of evidence that something was going to happen and they ignored it.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. jane

    I agree with Piers Morgan when he says that President Obama is not one to bluster and blow and threaten to bomb. Those macho ways are more typical of the Republican foreign policy. Barak Obama approaches problems in a more thoughtful way. While others are playing checkers, he is playing chess.
    He asked his SoS, Hilary Clinton to go out and polish relations where they existed and create some that didn't exist. By his actions he shows us what is important as we go forward into the 21st century.
    The situations and complications that will arise will require a team effort...........Shared responsibility leads to shared goals...................and thus the enemy will be defeated.

    January 19, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. ronald

    Why are NONE of your guests nor yourself even suggesting the implementation of the Dennis Kucinich N.E.E.D Act???
    How about yourselves one day interviewing either Mr. Kucinich or one of the other primary creators of this NEED Act?
    The NEED Act, places Americans back to work,BUT does not borrow funds from Wall Street too.

    January 20, 2013 at 12:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. max

    is it the English or is it the left did anyone hear that when they were talking about how the country thinks he was on the wrong track, morgan said he is a lucky boy! did he just say that? if anyone else would have said that ever one on that show would have jump on him and made clear he is a man not a boy. But it would seem Morgan can do anything he wants as long as he brain washes the people to thinking what he wants.

    January 20, 2013 at 3:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. max

    Pat Buchanan was forced to clarify some potentially controversial remarks he made on MSNBC Tuesday night.

    Buchanan was on Al Sharpton's 6 PM show, having a very boisterous discussion with the Rev. about President Obama's debt deal. Sharpton was defending Obama's handling of the situation, and Buchanan was challenging his interpretation of events. He brought up the issue of the Bush tax cuts.

    "And let me tell you, your boy, Barack Obama, caved in on it in 2010 and he'll cave in on it again," he said. Sharpton pounced.

    "My what? My president, Barack Obama? What did you say?" he asked. "He's your boy in the ring, he's

    January 20, 2013 at 3:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. DL Williams

    Why would you refer to the president during an interview at 3:30 am on 1/20/2013 as a boy? Is this your usual vernacular for an United States President or is it a slip of the ole-boy tongue? I would assume that your manners would lead you to be more cautious in your former home state when addressing the Queen-or is she just a girl that you speak about as well??

    January 20, 2013 at 3:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. dl Williams

    I have felt it before, but now I am convinced that Piers Morgan is racist towards the president, and very disrespectful! I will use all means possible to inform others of this particular program and I refuse to ever watch him again on CNN! I might altogether reconsider watching your program at all, and now I understand why others are offended by him. CNN has arrived to a lower level by allowing this kind of bigotry to continue.....(SHAME ON YOU)

    January 20, 2013 at 4:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. INF Teamleader

    I found one of your supporters. http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac125/BadKarma1208/Morgan_zpsd45b4c44.jpg

    January 20, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Pat

    Having Piers Morgan assess The American Presidency is quite a treat since there are so few journalists these days who have managed to attempt to straddle such two powerful nations as the UK and the US, as many have done in the past, and having intimate familiarity with both.

    Despite the absence of any official presence to bridge the two cultures, Piers is one of the best hopes to bridge the gaps in culture by humans to make that leap of faith.

    For that reason, and because Morgan brings an uncanny empathy to His American journalism for American citizens, it's possible that his continued journalist depth toward more substantive issues could serve him well in any culture. A look backward to the time of emigration from homelands might therefore be an interesting study if done from the perspective of the families they left behind. for those parents and grandparents who were left in1620, it must have had enormous soicial impact upon the nation, as well as by their families themselves.

    Where so many Americans derive from Anglo-Saxon roots, it's unlikely to imagine the void left in England and other nations that the left behinds must have struggled with.

    Most in this nation may lack that since of history just while those left behind must have experienced an a sense of the optimism for the future, at least for those who watched loved ones go, probably never to be seen again.

    Such enormous social upheaval must necessarily leave its mark upon both nations, however well hidden (or disguised), or dismissed as unimportant.

    Morgan seems to be uniquely qualified for the extraordinary in human nature, and using those talents might be a great artistic public service, and could be yet another defining challenge for Piers well within, and consistent with his recent career development which could lead to great things.

    January 20, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. judiska

    Juramentum est indivisibile, et non est admittendum in parte verum et in parte falsam.

    January 20, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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