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Leaders with Ginni Thomas: Former POW Lee Ellis

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      Ginni Thomas

      Virginia Thomas, 54, is a special correspondent for the Daily Caller producing videos of emerging leaders and educators in the public square. Her ear is to the ground outside the Washington Beltway as a social entrepreneur. Previously, she was the founder of (nonprofit for citizen activists), and has worked at The Heritage Foundation, Hillsdale College's Washington office, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the senior levels of the legislative and executive branches of government. She has maintained her midwestern authenticity after 30 years in Washington, D.C. and enjoys motor homing and the Nebraska Cornhuskers with her husband, Justice Clarence Thomas. Her degrees are: Business Communication & Political Science from Creighton University, and J.D. from Creighton Law School (Omaha, NE).

An Air Force pilot, Lee Ellis’s plane was shot down during the Vietnam War. Captured by the enemy, the 23-year-old spent five years as a prisoner of war.

Today, he is president and founder of Leadership Freedom, a consulting and coaching company. He is also the author of “Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton.”

The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas recently spoke with retired Col. Ellis about American politics, honorable leadership, American exceptionalism, what gives him hope and much more.

Click the links below to fast-forward to each question.

As a prisoner of war, what do you see missing from political leaders right now?

Do you have suggestions for those who feel discouraged right now about our politics?

What makes America exceptional to you?

Tell us what forms the basis of your book on leadership

How would you assess the military right now?

What gives you hope?

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