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With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace

a book by Nikki Haley

(our site's book review)

Nikki Haley Is Widely Admired for Her Forthright Manner and Her Confident Representation of America’s Interests

The Amazon blurb says that The New York Times and USA Today bestseller

A revealing, dramatic, deeply personal book about the most significant events of our time, written by the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations

Nikki Haley is widely admired for her forthright manner (“With all due respect, I don’t get confused”), her sensitive approach to tragic events, and her confident representation of America’s interests as our Ambassador to the United Nations during times of crisis and consequence.

United Nations Headquarters in New York City, view from Roosevelt Island
United Nations Headquarters in New York City

In this book With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace, Haley offers a first-hand perspective on major national and international matters, as well as a behind-the-scenes account of her tenure in the Trump administration.

This book reveals a woman who can hold her own—and better—in domestic and international power politics, a diplomat who is unafraid to take a principled stand even when it is unpopular, and a leader who seeks to bring Americans together in divisive times.


Like Trump, Most Conservatives, and Us, Haley Has Little Time for Radical Liberals Who Cannot Tolerate Other Viewpoints

"I wish all the students on college campuses who won't tolerate other viewpoints, and members of the media who ostracize public figures for political incorrectness—I wish they could see what I've seen. Because when you've met Chinese ethnic minorities whose relatives are in 're-education' camps because they are not allowed to give their children traditional names or speak their language or practice their religion, it's hard to get emotional about politically incorrect speech. And when you've had a refugee woman tell you about watching soldiers throw her baby into a fire, it's hard to . . . " get too excited about details.

Political correctness obsessed students on college campuses who won't tolerate other viewpoints resort to assaults and violence, feeling ever so self-righteous as they commit unprosecuted felonies and hate-filled censorship
Political correctness obsessed students on college campuses who won't tolerate other viewpoints resort to assaults and violence, feeling ever so self-righteous as they commit unprosecuted felonies and hate-filled censorship

Haley Has Little Time for Racists

"And when I ran for governor, the pain was bipartisan. An African American Democrat denounced me as not a "real minority" but "a conservative with a tan." And a white Republican called me a "raghead." This kind of pain stays with you, and it can overwhelm you if you let it. Many different kinds of Americans endure this pain. I've tried to use my own, not for blame, but for knowledge. I've used my experiences to acknowledge the pain of others and to work to make sure no one else feels it. But I have refused to let it define me. Pain is real. Victimhood is a choice."

"Not only did my parents leave behind comfort and privilege when they left India, they left behind everyone and almost everything they had ever known. They came to the United States because they knew it would be a place of opportunity for their children. They reminded us every day how blessed we were to live in America. And it was true. America would show my family discrimination and challenges, but it would also show us acceptance and opportunity."

President Trump, Ambassador Haley, and UN Secretary General Guterres
President Trump, Ambassador Nikki Haley, and UN Secretary General Guterres

Haley Says Her book Is Not a Launchpad for a Later Political Effort

Haley, a Republican pro-lifer, says this book of hers is not a launchpad for a later political effort. She was first elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004, Haley served three terms in the House. In 2010, during her third term, she was elected governor of South Carolina; she won re-election in 2014. She was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016. She is sitting on a hefty pile of political capital and her resume is stellar. With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace certainly seems like a “campaign book” for some future office, but we will just have to wait and see.

"After Haley became U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, multiple pundits opined that she could become a possible Republican presidential candidate in the future and could, in fact, win the White House. Trump was said by his staff to be grooming her in October 2017 for a national political role, having many private meetings with her on Air Force One after she had befriended his daughter, Ivanka. . . . The Economist described Haley as a politician with high approval ratings who possesses a combination of 'fiscal ferocity and a capacity for conciliation,' and stated as a female candidate and ethnic minority she would have appeal." She has declined offers to be a vice presidential candidate. She obviously would aim for the oval office if she aimed at all, given her record of accomplishments. In the meantime, she has been elected to the board of directors of Boeing with a minimum annual compensation of $315,000. POTUS salary, however, is $400,000 annually, but it is a lot harder job. Haley is reportedly getting paid $200,000 a speech on the speaking tour. (Source: Nikki Haley, Wikipedia)

Boeing Headquarters Building - Chicago 04 (3225205964)
Boeing Headquarters Building - Chicago (Haley is on the board of directors)

As one especially insightful Amazon reviewer, Douglas Goldstein, puts it, "Along with the important political lessons in With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace, Nikki Haley provides a great narrative which is sure to inspire everyone, and which demonstrates why she is such an important role model for girls and women around the world. It’s worth reading the book of the woman who will likely be the first female president of the United States." She'll probably be up against Trump Junior in 2024 if she runs, which probably erases Trump Senior support.

The ISIS curse was foisted upon the world—probably unintentionally(?)—by Dubya and OBomb'em. They should be held accountable. By the way, where are those bozos?
The ISIS curse was foisted upon the world—probably unintentionally(?)—by Dubya and OBomb'em. They should be held accountable. By the way, where are those bozos?

Haley Documents U.N. Corruption and Obama's Bungling

Most of With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace is devoted to her two years as United States Ambassador to the UN. It is an expose on the staggering depth of the corruption and dysfunction of the U.N. manifested by, among other things, its relentless focus on demonizing the United States—in spite of its demanding United States taxpayer dollars—and Israel, as well as the equally staggering irresponsibility and incompetence of many of our allies around the world. Haley's writing style is a reflection of her personality: it is honest and straightforward. To cite a "for instance," she writes unflinchingly of the many people untethered from reality or principle, and the catastrophic foreign policy misjudgments of the Obama administration which gave us the gift that keeps on giving—the world's herpes a.k.a. ISIS. Haley is surely a woman of grit and grace, as her book subtitle highlights. She has unlimited potential to continue to serve our country. Hopefully her absence from public life will be short-lived and she will find herself in the oval office.

Catastrophic foreign policy misjudgments of the Obama administration led to the gift that keeps on giving—the world's herpes, a.k.a. ISIS; here ISIS training base is attacked, sending ISIS fighters to paradise to meet their 72 virgins
Catastrophic foreign policy misjudgments of the Obama administration led to the gift that keeps on giving—the world's herpes, a.k.a. ISIS; here ISIS training base is attacked, sending ISIS fighters to paradise to meet their 72 virgins

White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow said Haley had gotten 'out ahead of the curve' and that 'there might have been some momentary confusion about that.' [about miscommunications on US sanctions on Russia in 2018] In response to Kudlow's comment, the former UN ambassador contacted Fox News and gave a simple statement: 'With all due respect, I don't get confused.' 'T-shirts and stickers started appearing online with the words 'WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, I DON'T GET CONFUSED' emblazoned on them.'" (Source: Nikki Haley shares the story behind her infamous 'With all due respect, I don't get confused' clapback, Lauren Frias, Business Insider)


Haley Is Liberty University's (Evangelicals) Most Requested Political Speaker

"LYNCHBURG, VA – Nikki Haley certainly draws a crowd and more often than not, they adore her. For example, in front of thousands of evangelicals at Liberty University, she has the honor of being the most requested political speaker. It's easy to see why since she speaks boldly on issue after issue. 'I'm pro-life not because the Republican Party tells me to be … I'm pro-life because I understand the value of life,' Haley told thousands of students on hand to hear her speak." [Bill Maher: Liberty University Is Not A Real School] (Source: 'With All Due Respect': Nikki Haley's No-Nonsense Approach to Life and Politics, David Brody, CBN)

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DeMoss Learning Center at Liberty University

"As groundwork for a future campaign, . . . this carefully worded memoir does its job."—Publishers Weekly

"Thus, the most remarkable part of this memoir, in contrast to the onslaught of Trump exposés, is her account of how well she worked with the president, how they established a relationship based on mutual respect and trust, how she was able to disagree with him without drawing his ire, and how she was able to leave her U.N. post on good terms. If others had problems with this president, she suggests it was their fault. . . . Because of their 'open and honest communication,' she writes, 'in an administration in which so many people’s negative relationship with the president was their undoing, my relationship with President Trump was a positive. Our styles were different, but we were both fundamentally disrupters of the status quo. And we were both action-oriented.' An average political memoir containing strong speculation that her next action will be a bid for the White House." (Source: WITH ALL DUE RESPECT Defending America with Grit and Grace, KIRKUS REVIEW)

Nikki closes her new book by saying that she has no idea what comes next in her life, but she’s certain that when God has a plan for her, He will reveal it
Nikki closes her new book by saying that she has no idea what comes next in her life, but she’s certain that when God has a plan for her, He will reveal it

Haley Berated President Kiir of South Sudan and Then She Got Off a Final Quip: "Don’t Make Me Come Back"

". . . she closes her new book by saying that she has no idea what comes next in her life, but she’s certain that when God has a plan for her, He will reveal it. In other words, Nikki Haley plans either to run for President of the United States or to position herself to replace Mike Pence as Donald Trump’s running mate. With All Due Respect therefore immediately becomes that most oily of sub-literary productions, a campaign biography. . . . She relates berating President Kiir of South Sudan and then getting off a final quip: I told him that the United States cannot and will not look away. But he could change the path his country was on; he could still fulfill the hope that had once been placed in him. It was up to him, I said. What happened next was in his hands. Kiir responded with all the right promises. But words are cheap, particularly words from dictators. As I left his office, I paused at the door and said, 'Don’t make me come back.'" (Source: With All Due Respect by Nikki Haley, Steve Donoghue, Open Letters Review)

"It’s a pickle. Do you ignore an immature president and take turns plugging the hole in the dike? (Hey, Haley, we could use some help over here!) Or, do you do everything in your power to avoid actions that might cause the dike to crumble? One thing you don’t do, obviously, is confide in an unscrupulous, self-serving future presidential candidate. Haley’s loyalty to Trump at the expense of Tillerson and Kelly is both a hat-tip to Trump’s base and a curtsy to the president. She plainly made a political calculation that people would find 'her truth' courageous and that flattery aimed at Trump would not be wasted. 'To undermine a president is really a very dangerous thing, and it goes against the Constitution and it goes against what the American people want,' Haley intoned during a CBS News interview. This would be true if said president weren’t almost daily threatening to destroy order in the civilized world and didn’t behave as though he were checking off the characteristics of narcissistic personality disorder. But there’s an inherent irony in banking one’s future on preaching loyalty through disloyalty. To what end does such a revelation, if true, warrant such tongue-wagging?" (Source: Nikki Haley had it all. Then she wrote a book and blew it., Kathleen Parker, Washington Post)


We Strongly Disagree That Haley "Blew It"—She Can Bring the Country Back Together

It’s a pickle. Do you ignore an immature president and take turns plugging the hole in the dike, or do you do everything in your power to avoid actions that might cause the dike to crumble?
It’s a pickle. Do you ignore an immature president and take turns plugging the hole in the dike, or do you do everything in your power to avoid actions that might cause the dike to crumble?

"Speaking of her time as President Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, Haley defined herself as a voice of reason who supported Trump while telling him if she thought he was going in the 'wrong direction,' she said." (Source: Nikki Haley’s Charleston book tour stop raises expectations for 2024 candidacy, Fleming Smith, Post and Courier)

“'My parents never let us forget how blessed we were to be in America,' Haley said. Listening to Haley relay funny stories, watching the generally left-leaning crowd laugh and cheer her on, I kept thinking: She can bring the country back together; she can inspire each of us to be our best selves. Tough yet kind, she is the role model all Americans need right now. . . . I walked out feeling stronger and more resolute than I have in a long time — feeling like this beacon of light was going to show us, personally and politically, how to move forward. 'No one knows what’s going to happen in the next year or the next month. Anything is possible,' Haley said with a smile." (Source: Nikki Haley Takes Manhattan, Again With ‘Grit and Grace’, Karen Lehrman Bloch, Jewish Journal)

I wear heels. It’s not for a fashion statement. It’s because if I see something wrong, we’re gonna kick them every single time.
I wear heels. It’s not for a fashion statement. It’s because if I see something wrong, we’re gonna kick them every single time.

"Many people think she could be the first female president, this week on ‘Firing Line.’ [Nikki Haley says] 'I wear heels. It’s not for a fashion statement. It’s because if I see something wrong, we’re gonna kick them every single time. [Cheers and applause] Her résumé is a string of firsts and some delicate diplomacy." (Source: Nikki Haley, Margaret Hoover, PBS)


The Villain Is Not White Supremacy, but Divisive "Identity Politics," Which Both Whites and Blacks, Conservatives and Liberals, Must Overcome

". . . his attacks on people of color as just one symptom of a bipartisan malady. The problem, she declares, 'wasn’t just one party’s rhetoric or Donald Trump’s rhetoric. Our politics were getting toxic.' Trump’s harsh language 'turned me off,' but the behavior of Black Lives Matter left her 'disgusted.' . . . As with Mother Emanuel, the villain is not white supremacy, but divisive 'identity politics,' which both whites and blacks, conservatives and liberals, must overcome. . . . the problem was not Trump, but rather discord. Haley’s trick will be to argue that since Democrats are implicated in that discord, it is they who represent the continuation of Trump-era nastiness while she offers the prospect of cultural peace." (Source: The GOP Won’t Disavow Trump, but Nikki Haley Has Another Strategy, Peter Beinart, the Atlantic)

Our politics were getting toxic—Trump’s harsh language 'turned me off,' but the behavior of Black Lives Matter left her 'disgusted.' The villain is not white supremacy, but divisive 'identity politics,' which both whites and blacks, conservatives and liberals, must overcome
Our politics were getting toxic—Trump’s harsh language 'turned me off,' but the behavior of Black Lives Matter left her 'disgusted.' The villain is not white supremacy, but divisive 'identity politics,' which both whites and blacks, conservatives and liberals, must overcome

Finally, a Politician We Can All Get Excited About!

"Just over a third of Republicans likely to vote in their party's primaries said they would prefer to see Nikki Haley, the former United States ambassador to the United Nations, replace Vice President Mike Pence as President Donald Trump's running mate." (Source: New Poll Shows 34 Percent of GOP Voters Want Nikki Haley To Replace Mike Pence as Donald Trump's Vice President, Hunter Moyler, Newsweek)

Mike Pence official Vice Presidential portrait
Mike Pence official Vice Presidential portrait

If you are interested in learning more about the author and her efforts as ambassador to the United Nations, then With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace is the book for you. The first section provides her family background, how and why and when she got to America (where she was born), and her time as a young girl. She reviews her time as South Carolina House of Representatives as well as S.C. governor—her role as the state executive responsible for managing several difficult situations during her tenure. There is a short section in the book that takes the reader through the campaign and how she ended up as our U.N. ambassador. The remainder of the book takes you through her experiences as U.S. ambassador. Also covered: her travels, the way she learned how to deal with the realities of the U.N., the way things were upon her arrival as a result of the previous administrations actions and bungles, or lack thereof, and the specific steps she took during her tenure.

Nikki Haley official photo
Nikki Haley official photo

Haley is surely a woman of grit and grace, as her book subtitle highlights. She has unlimited potential to continue to serve our country. Hopefully her absence from public life will be short-lived and she will find herself in the oval office. Not since FDR has there been a politician worthy of our full respect. The left has already begun issuing insults and smears against Haley, but few people care because the left has established itself as liars and fake news artists. Many of the left's news outlets are giving her a chance and holding their lies for 2024. Perhaps they have started to realize that they had better make their peace with the fact that Nikki Haley is likely to get elected president in 2024 and they will want to be on the right side of history on this one, unlike what they did with Trump. The left's pathetic crew of radicals, socialists and doddering old white men that were their 2020 candidates were their way of proving just how out of touch they were. There's simply no way they'll come up with someone with anywhere near Haley's quality, and the Republicans are happy as pigs in poop about that. Go get'em, Nikki!

It's enough to make one stand up and shout Nikki Haley 2024!

There's simply no way Democrats will come up with someone with anywhere near Haley's quality, and the Republicans are happy as pigs in poop about that
There's simply no way Democrats will come up with someone with anywhere near Haley's quality, and the Republicans are happy as pigs in poop about that