He is quoted as saying in response to mudslinging between the two parties "There is nothing that the people dislike that they do not attack" (Tebbel 1985). When the press was being used in his favor, or against the crown of England, he seemed to be proud of the individuality and freedoms of the American press. However, when it was used against him f... ... middle of paper ... ...e receiving end of abuse from the press. As a candidate, he also came under blows delivered by Webb's corrosive pen. "Every paper almost we open speaks contemptuously of Van Buren's prospects for the presidency."
Richard Nixon’s time in the White House was, without a doubt, one of the most unusual presidencies in American history. Nixon quickly took a different approach from the men that came before him; although he entered office at a trying time for the American people, he insisted that the public needed the hard facts, not inspirational speeches. However, after winning the election Nixon gave in to his advisors’ desires for an uplifting message, and promised the public that his administration would be committed to “bringing the American people together”. While Nixon rarely repeated this message, and probably never meant it, Nixon did manage to unite the American people, just not in the way his advisors intended. The covert methods and agencies that Nixon created to ensure his own prosperity and his enemies’ demise, collectively known as the Watergate scandal, would ultimately serve to bring about the president’s resignation and shock the American political system to its core.
Stengel then discusses the second Presidential debate in which Dole said that Clinton "single-handedly contaminated the highest office in the land" and is the leading cause of the public's distrust of the government. The focus of Dole's campaign was not Clinton's issues, but his moral pertinence. The press were surprised by the fact that most people think that Dole has a better character than Clinton, but they still prefer Clinton as President. This notion comes from the reasoning that most Americans are only concerned with whether or not the country and its citizens are taken care of, and so disregard the President's moral imperfections which, in the people's opinion, have very little to do with the issues. So the President can cheat on his taxes or even his wife and the Americans will overlook it as long as he is getting the job done.
However, despite all his concerns about perception and his efforts to cultivate good first impressions with the American people, Carter was “unable to escape the view that he is inept and indecisive…costing him support both at home and overseas” (Beckman). An example of Carter’s indecisiveness can be seen in his eventual decision to delay... ... middle of paper ... ...roblems, as seen in the Camp David accords. However, sometimes the press’s treatment of Presidents is inaccurate: President Ford was ridiculed as being bumbling and clumsy, when he was actually a great athlete according to Carter, his personal friend (Stewart). As the election faded away and his loss of the Oval Office with it, American assessment of his administration continued to improve, and continues to do so to this day. Gallup surveys gave him a 69 percent approval rating in 1999, and 52 percent in 2011.
The cases he did take on were high profile, and he was noisy about them. Also, he may have only fought trusts because he thought it would be riskier to ignore them. Woodrow Wilson also had policies that were controversial, and the extent of his progressivism can be questioned. Wilson's progressive attitude didn't extent to many areas. For example, he didn't reform the way government corruption occurred.
That really doesn't sound like the "Honest Abe" that all of the people knew and trusted. I believe that President Abraham Lincoln was a man with a lot of power. Lincoln was a very dangerous speaker. He could have easily used this power and his ability as an orator to become one of those men that are not satisfied with just the presidency and could have tried to have more. I believe that for this reason, Lincoln was a threat to our society.
His actions killed, forced, and irritated by the crowds in Washington and elsewhere. Although he was a popular president among the people, Jackson’s settlements set for problems in the future. His take away of the Second Bank led to further economic crisis that was in place after the War of 1812. Everyone has enemies, but Andrew acted upon these grudges and it caused a lot of damage towards the people (they couldn’t see what was to come). In conclusion Andrew Jackson is one who acts upon personal motives, rushed actions, and plan out hatred, all of which shouldn’t be what a top American influencer should entail; he shouldn’t even be considered because of these
He disagreed first through “confronting, shouting, and ranting than he would embrace ideas” once properly thought through (170). Adams continued Washington 's bi-partisan presidency style. A problem arose because he constantly sided with the Federalists, but proved his bi-partisanship when he broke his friendship with Federalist Alexander Hamilton to prevent the United States from joining a war. Adams despised any criticism and the arrival of it from Jefferson demoralized the Adams presidency and Adams as a man. Adams, like Jefferson, made history through his time as president and his work for the Revolution.
O’Brien seems puzzled that they choose a television comedian, over a president and war hero because he is arguably much more qualified and respected. O’ Brien then jokingly states, that there’s a problem with America if the... ... middle of paper ... ...audience laugh and pay better attention to his primary message. O’Brien is basically conveying to the viewers, that he has been through the same struggles they face everyday. Overall, O’ Brien did a phenomenal job connecting with his audience. His speech had universal significance because his message was, failure and change will prevail, but you should embrace it and learn from it.
Differ from most biographies, Mr.Brinkley portraits Kennedy as one of us, a unexceptional man that makes mistakes occasionally and sometime emotional instead of a divined figure who ran the office with perfection. While Kennedy was not ordinarily emotional and agitated in public, he did make an effort to hide... ... middle of paper ... ...s is an extraordinary display of American leadership and remarkable heroism; they also believed in his fashion of public activism and commitment; they fantasized Kennedy's young, handsome and eloquent figure along with his private affairs. While few believe in conspiracy theories opposing the popular opinion, Brinkley stood at the eage of two controversial understandings, reshaping our imagination, giving us a scholartic view of the one who once endowed the nation with confidence and beliefs. It is truly hard to review this era without any political bias, Brinkley did the best of his ability to uncover a true story for his readers, providing them with original aspects of how every decision is made and why. Brinley concluded that "Kennedy has endured as a bright and beckoning symbol of the world..derserved or not, such an important figure in our nation's imagination"