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The hardest job in the world : the American presidency / John Dickerson.

Author/Creator:
Dickerson, John, 1968- author.
Other Title:
American presidency
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : Random House, [2020]
Format/Description:
Book
xxxi, 615 pages : illustrations; 25 cm
Subjects:
Presidents -- United States.
Executive power -- United States.
Trump, Donald, 1946-.
United States -- Politics and government -- 2017-.
Executive power.
Politics and government.
Presidents.
United States.
Summary:
"Imagine you have just been elected president. You are now commander-in-chief, chief executive, chief diplomat, chief legislator, chief of party, chief voice of the people, first responder, chief priest, and world leader. You're expected to fulfill your campaign promises, but you're also expected to solve the urgent crises of the day. What's on your to-do list? Where would you even start? The American presidency is in trouble. It has become overburdened, misunderstood, almost impossible to do. "The problems in the job unfolded before Donald Trump was elected, and the challenges of governing today will confront his successors," writes John Dickerson. After all, the founders never intended for our system of checks and balances to have one superior Chief Magistrate, with Congress demoted to "the little brother who can't keep up." In this eye-opening book, John Dickerson draws on history and contemporary times to show why we need to reevaluate how we view the presidency, how we choose our presidents, and what we expect from them once they are in office. Think of the presidential campaign as a job interview. Are we asking the right questions? Are we looking for good campaigners, or good presidents? Once a candidate gets the job, what can they do to thrive? Drawing on research and interviews with current and former White House staffers, Dickerson defines what the job of president actually entails, identifies the things that only the President can do, and analyzes how presidents in history have managed the burden. What qualities make for a good president? Who did it well? Why did Bill Clinton call the White House "the crown jewel in the American penal system"? And what lessons can we draw from past successes and failures? Ultimately, in order to evaluate candidates properly for the job, we need to adjust our expectations, and be more realistic about the goals, the requirements, and the limitations of the office."-- Provided by publisher.
Imagine you have just been elected president. You're expected to fulfill your campaign promises, but you're also expected to solve the urgent crises of the day. The founders never intended for our system of checks and balances to have one superior Chief Magistrate, with Congress demoted to "the little brother who can't keep up." Dickerson draws on history and contemporary times to show why we need to reevaluate how we view the presidency, how we choose our presidents, and what we expect from them once they are in office. -- adapted from jacket
Contents:
Executive in Chief
Commander in Chief
Welcome to the NFL
First Responder
Consoler-in-Chief
Acting Presidential
Action Hero President
Confidence Man: The Economy
A Historic Partisan Gap
A New Era of Partisan Warfare
On Separation of Powers
Just Be Like LBJ!
The End Depends on the Beginning
Lost in Transition
Hard at the Start
How a President Decides
Impulse Presidency
The Expectation
The Impossible Presidency
Part II: Presidential Campaigns
Candidate of the People
No Hiring Manual for the Presidency
What Got You Here Won't Get You There
Restraint
The Church of Perpetual Disappointment
Amping up the Awful
Part III: The Way We Live Now
Winning Above All
Resolve to be Honest
Character Counts
It's My Party
The Uncertain Never Trumper
Donald Trump's America.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Other format:
Online version: Dickerson, John, The hardest job in the world
ISBN:
9781984854513
1984854518
9781984854520
OCLC:
1143803678
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