“You’ve paid a lot of money to come here tonight,” Dolly Parton once said to an adoring London crowd, “and I want you to know that I appreciate it because I do need the money. You’d be amazed at how much money it can really take to make a person look so cheap.”
When Abraham Lincoln was sworn in as president on March 4, 1861, he focused his inaugural address on the seven states that had already seceded from the Union. Lincoln hoped to avoid war between the North and the South.
Kayla McKeon picks up the phone at work. Gentle humor, she knows, helps build bridges and reach common ground. She finishes up by joking that the conversation went well “except for that one hardball question” she asked.