Ten traits that help define U.S. presidential greatness

After conducting 31 “cross-examination”-style public interviews of presidential historians and White House insiders, attorney Talmage Boston believes he has identified 10 key traits of successful presidents.

Boston shares those traits in the book Cross-Examining History, and he discussed them during a speech for the John Locke Foundation and the Triangle Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society. In the video clip below, Boston shares one key trait of his favorite president, Abraham Lincoln.

6 p.m. update: Click play below to watch the full presentation.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...