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Poli 1223 US Presidency

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Transcript of Poli 1223 US Presidency

The most powerful man in the world
George Washington
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
James Madison
James Monroe
John Quincy Adams
Andrew Jackson
Martin van Buren
William Henry Harrison
John Tyler
James K. Polk
Zachary Taylor
Millard Fillmore
Franklin Pierce
James Buchanan
Abraham Lincoln
Jefferson Davis
Andrew Johnson
Ulysses S. Grant
Rutherford Hayes
James A. Garfield
Chester A. Arthur
Benjamin Harrison
Grover Cleveland
William McKinley
Grover Cleveland
Theodore Roosevelt
William H. Taft
Woodrow Wilson
Warren G. Harding
Calvin Coolidge
Herbert C. Hoover
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry Trueman
Dwight D. Eisenhower
John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
George Bush
Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
Barack Obama
war Vizepräsident unter Lincoln
Assassinations and attempted assassinations
Jackson, T. Roosevelt, Truman, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan,
George Bush, Clinton, G.W. Bush
Mount Rushmore
Why ?
We want and expect the President to save us
Declares war - police action
without limitations
Supreme Commander - unlimited???
conditions
you must...
...be born in the USA
...be 35 years old
...live in the United States at least 14 years
sources
www.4minuten.eu
www.wikipedia.de
www.whitehouse.gov
And we fear their unfaithfulness???
Are you Hobbesian
or Lockean?

Theoretical Considerations
New Constitution - vigor

Legal/formal requirements
35 years old
natural born
Criteria for Judging Presidents
1. Appointments
2. Scandals
3. Crisis management
4. Policy success and failures
5. character/integrity

Scholarly criteria
Expanding Presidential Functions
A question of Faith
Sexual Scandals
Other scandals
Clinton - Monica
Obama - Islam, and where was he really born??
Informal requirements
rich/successful
educated
race
military education
governor, senator, Etc.
Riccards "the ferocious engine of democracy"
Michael Nelson "transformational leadership"

Transformational Leadership
Example One
Fillmore and Buchanan - failure
Example Two
Carter - failed
Example Three
GW Bush - failed the economy
Teddy Roosevelt - President as Steward
Taft - Constitutional President
President as Savior
President as Satan
President as Superman
Imperial President
Imperiled President
Congress
Executive
Judicial
Rhetorical Presidency
Rhetorical Presidency
GW Bush - landing on the US Lincoln
Three Constitutional functions
Chief of state
Head of government
Commander -in-chief
Numerous additional ones
Chief Legislator
Chief of Spokesman - Press Conference
Bully Pulpit
Chief Economist
Chief Banker
Chief ............
1812
1845
1898
1917
1941
More than 300 police actions
Learning Objectives
The student will learn criteria as to how to assess presidents
The student will identify various theories regarding presidential leadership
The student will understand that no president is perfect and yet we want vigor in the Executive office in order to solve problems and improve conditions
Critical Thinking
Do we need a savior, a self-serving Satan, a superhero, or a solid steward that can sell ideas and sow the seeds of teamwork and till the soil and until the harvest matures and then we can see if the system can produce a sound result.
US Presidency
We love the men who sit there
Will one of them go too far?
Hobbes vs Locke
King George III &
His royal governors
Articles of Confederation -
executive was too weak
Teddy Roosevelt - Bully Pulpit
Woodrow Wilson - stroke victim -
What role did Mrs Wilson play?
FDR - Fireside chats and
The hidden Wheelchair
JFK - as a healthy family man when he was not
Reagan the honest health rancher
Prearranged tree cutting
Clinton - prearranged walk on Normandy beach
James Magrager Burns
Transformation followed by transactional
Michael Nelson
T
R
D
REVIVALIST
R
D
R
D
Failure
Transformational leader elected in a critical election: leads the country in a new direction
Revivalist presidents reinvigorate the vision
Transactional presidents come and go from either party but they must follow the vision of the visionary
Finally, a failure
Jackson
Transformational
Polk - reinvigorates
FDR - the New Deal
JFK - Revivalist reinvigorates the vision of FDR
Reagan - his vision
- lower taxes
- strong defense
- deregulation
Clinton -revivalist
A better REAGANITE
GW - REFUSED TO KNEEL IN CHURCH, SELDOM TOOK COMMUNION, AND DID NOT EVEN ATTEND CHURCH EXCEPT ON THE ROAD AND WAS A DEIST
J. ADAMS - A UNITARIAN
JEFFERSON - REWROTE THE NEW TESTAMENT
LINCOLN - REFUSED TO KNEEL (IMITATING GW) AND DID NOT JOIN OR ATTEND
IKE - BAPTIZED JUST BEFORE BECOMING PRESIDENT (SINCERE OR NOT)
NIXON - THE QUAKER
JFK - THE UNFAITHFUL HUSBAND AND CATHOLIC
CARTER WAS A SOUTHERN BAPTIST
CLINTON WAS A SOUTHERN BAPTIST
REAGAN QUIT ATTENDING CHURCH
AND CONSULTED FORTUNE TELLERS
GW BUSH ARGUED THAT ALL GODS LEAD TO HEAVEN
JEFFERSON - ILLEGITIMATE CHILDREN
JACKSON - MARRIED A MARRIED WOMAN
LINCOLN - DYSFUNCTIONAL
CLEVELAND - ILLEGITIMATE CHILD
HARDING - SEXUAL PHILANDERING (UNDERAGE SLAVE)
FDR - A LONG TIME AFFAIR WITH A SECRETARY
JFK - OVER 1,000 GIRL FREINDS
REAGAN - DIVORCED
Jefferson - Louisiana Purchase
Mexican American War under false pretexts
Lincoln violate Habeas Corpus
Hayes and the corrupted election of 1876
What is the best way to judge a president?
If no man is perfect, then who can be president?
2050
Yarvard and Hale Syndrome
1980, 1984, 1988, 1992 Bush
1992, 1996 Bill Clinton
2000 and 2004 G W Bush
2008 Clinton
2016 Hillary vs Jeb Bush
2020 Clinton
2024 George P. Bush
1980 1984 1988 1992 Yale
1992 1996 Yale
2000, 2004 Yale
2004 Yale
2008 2012 Yale
Grant on an 8 year drunk and family full of thieves
Wilson had a stroke and hid on the third floor (Wife)
HARDING - Teapot dome scandal and mysterious death
JFK - the disputed 1960 election (Illinois, WVirginia, and Texas)
LBJ and the Gulf of Tonkin incident
Nixon Watergate and Vietnam
Reagan's secret deal with Iran then the Iran Contra Scandal
Clinton and Monica
GW Bush and his youthful drug use and his mysterious end of flight status in the Air National Guard
Obama's lack of faith, birth and drug abuse
Both Democrats and Republicans make huge mistakes; therefore be on guard.
ANALYSIS
Creating the Presidency
a single leader
vigor
Visionary: someone who can lead without destroying liberty, property, and dignity.
...........
Early years
GW was solid, Jefferson bought the Louisiana Purchase without Congressional approval, Madison lead the country into war, and Monroe dominated the Western Hemisphere.
Gradual and steady
growth in power
Locke warned us that in emergencies, leaders take exceptional powers.
Have presidents gone well beyond their constitutional limitations?
Why?
Legislatures are slow and unresponsive to emergencies
The people want presidents to lead aggressively.
"I'll do whatever it takes ....."
People love Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, Teddy, FDR and anyone who leads strongly.
WHY?
Electoral College
Executive Orders
Chief Diplomat
Executive Agreements
Commander -in - chief
Media attention
Growing to fit the expectations
The electors were to pick the wisest of presidential candidates
The inner takes all, accentuates the vote.
The US wants a president to be a giant killer, be above average in every way, and be
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