John Adams may have achieved immortality as America’s first vice president and second president, but according to Cokie Roberts, the Founding Father wasn’t the most sensitive of fathers – to say nothing of hubbies.
Interviewed on Sins of Omission, Cokie, whose latest book is titled Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation, discusses what she found most surprising about John’s wife while researching the historical tome.
“They were alone for these long, long periods of time,” the ABC News political commentator and National Public Radio senior news analyst tells host Paulie Abeles of our nation’s Founding Mothers.
“Abigail Adams is a prime example. Her husband was off at Philadelphia for the Continental Congress [in 1774], and then off on diplomatic missions for years on end.
“And she was having to raise the children and take care of the old people. But what I had never understood was that she also had to support the family,” Cokie continues.
“Nobody was paying these guys to be off in Philadelphia thinking great thoughts.
“And oh, by the way, the British were coming!
“At one point, John wrote to her and said, ‘If it gets too dangerous, take our children and fly to the woods.’
“My reaction to that was, Gee, thanks John. I hope you’re having a nice dinner in Philadelphia!”
To hear Cokie’s full interview, click here.