James C. Humes is the author of Churchill: The Prophetic Statesman (Regnery Publishing 2012) and more than twenty other books, including Confessions of a White House Ghost Writer (Regnery Publishing) and the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Churchill: Speaker of the Century. He is a former presidential speechwriter who worked for Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Gerald Ford, and Dwight Eisenhower and a Visiting Historian at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. One of the last living Americans to have met Sir Winston Churchill in person, Mr. Humes has played Sir Churchill on stage and at numerous events.
Churchill once said that politicians look at the next election, but statesmen to the next generation. Now that Obama faces no more elections, it would be right for him to put aside extremes of partisan rhetoric and assume the role of statesman.