Timothy Egan points out that the best looking resume doesnâ€™t always make the best leader.
Harry S. Truman was ridiculed as a haberdasher â€” a wonderful old word that fell out of use as menâ€™s clothiers gave way to big-box retailers. He was also the only 20th-century American president without a college degree.
Yet Truman finished the war against Nazi Germany and imperial Japan and oversaw plans that got Europe back on its feet. He racially integrated the armed forces by executive order. History has been kind to him. And, by the way, he was a failed haberdasher at that; his store went bankrupt.
Ronald Reagan, that B-list actor â€” what could he know about running the most powerful nation in the world? Instinctively, he knew enough to make peace with a cold war adversary at the right moment rather than push him into a nuclear corner.