President Thomas Jefferson speaks about his good friend and adviser James Madison.
Together, Jefferson and Madison made it possible for the Virginians to rule this country for 24 years at the beginning of the 19th century. It's a great example of two very different men combining their talents to make a stronger yin and yang, or put another way, Mutt and Jeff: a tall, elegant Virginian and a much more contained, little, balding fellow who was a brilliant political strategist. James Madison is arguably the most underrated of the Founding Fathers, and is often accurately referred to as the father of the Constitution. His wife, the famous Dolly Madison called him the Great Little Madison.
Thanks to Karl Schoettler of Visalia, CA for writing the letter that inspired us to do two shows on James Madison.
The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President by Noah Feldman