- In promoting the Carrier deal, both the President-elect and his running mate acted as if the Trump administration had already begun
- Trump is the first President-elect to claim a policy achievement and throw himself a victory tour
Tim Naftali is a CNN presidential historian. He teaches history and public service at New York University and was the former director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. He is the co-author of "One Hell of a Gamble: Khrushchev, Castro and Kennedy, 1958-1964" and "Khrushchev's Cold War" and the author of "Blind Spot: The Secret History of American Counterterrorism." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)In Cincinnati, Donald Trump said that others were comparing him to Andrew Jackson. Nearly two centuries ago, however, that same Andrew Jackson acknowledged that his famous self-confidence had limits. "A diffidence, perhaps too just, in my own qualifications," he said in his first inaugural address, "will teach me to look with reverence to the examples of public virtue left by my illustrious predecessors."