Hail to the Chief The Power of the American Presidency 100% male 100% Caucasian 97% Protestant 82% of British ancestry 77% college educated Demographic Characteristics of U.S. Presidents 69% politicians 62% lawyers >50% from the top 3% wealth and social class 0.5% born into poverty
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The Power of the
Ooh, they’re red, white and blue.
And when the band plays, “Hail to the Chief,”
Ooh, they point the cannon at you, lord,
It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no senator’s son, son.
It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no fortunate one, no.
Some folks are born silver spoon in hand,
Lord, don’t they help themselves, oh.
But when the taxman comes to the door,
Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale, yes,
It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no millionaire’s son, son.
It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no fortunate one, no.Fortunate SonRecorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
Ooh, they send you down to war, lord,
And when you ask them, “How much should we give?”
Ooh, they only answer more! more! more! yo,
It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no military son, son.
It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no fortunate one, one.
It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no fortunate son, son.
It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no fortunate son, no, no, no.Fortunate SonRecorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
Christmas at the White House, 2004
Queen Elizabeth and President Reagan, 1983
President Kennedy speaks at Berlin Wall, 1963
President Clinton with Janet Reno, the first female Attorney General,
President Bush holds cabinet meeting
in October, 2005
President Johnson decorates a soldier
in Vietnam, October, 1966
President Bush aboard U.S.S. Lincoln, May, 2003
President Clinton delivers the State of the Union Address, 1997
President Roosevelt signs into law the Social Security Act, 1935
President Reagan & Vice-President Bush accepting their party’s nomination in 1980
President Bush at Ground Zero after 9-11
Vice-President Johnson sworn in aboard Air Force One
after President Kennedy’s assassination, 1963
President Roosevelt and the “Bully Pulpit,” 1910
President Lincoln during the Civil War, 1862
Notice for Japanese “relocation,” 1942
US and other nations
"I sit here all day trying to persuade people to do the things they ought to have the sense to do without my persuading them. That's all the powers of the President amount to."
Truman, 33rd President, 1945-53
“No easy problem ever comes to the President of the United States. If they are easy to solve, somebody else has solved them.”
President Kennedy’s nationally televised address during the Cuban Missile Crisis, October, 1962
“The presidency has made every man who occupied it, no matter how small, bigger than he was; and no matter how big, not big enough for its demands.”
36th President, 1963-69
"Under the doctrine of the separation of powers, the manner in which the president personally exercises his assigned executive powers is not subject to questioning by another branch of government."
In the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, President Nixon departs the White House after his resignation, Aug., 1974
“To those of you who received honors, awards, and distinctions, I say 'Well done.' And to the C students, I say 'You, too, can be president of the United States.'”
President George W. Bush, speaking at Yale University's 300th commencement ceremony
President Bush, 43rd President, 2001-present