POLS 4033 American Foreign Policy. Rosati, Chapter 4/Presentation 1 “Presidential Power and Leadership”. Key Issues. The Post-Cold War Presidency Thesis The Elements of Presidential Power The Paradox of Presidential Power The Problem of Presidential Governance
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Rosati, Chapter 4/Presentation 1
“Presidential Power and Leadership”
Ancient Chinese motto: “Crisis is opportunity”
JFK silhouetted in the windows of the Oval Office
Harry Truman (1884-1972), broadly interpreted presidential powers to send troops into Korea
Truman’s controversial decision to meet with Chaim Weizman led to US recognition of the state of Israel in 1948.
Pres. Carter, Menachem Begin, and Anwar Sadat enjoy a mutual handshake
Pres. Clinton, Yitzhak Rabin, King Hussein straighten their ties before a press conference to announce the Oslo Accords
Former NSC Advisor and current Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Pres. Bush, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch of the MLB season in Cincinnati, OH
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1944)
Gerald Ford pardoning Richard Nixon on September 8, 1974
CIA Director George Tenet briefs the president and vice president in August of 2002
Many bureaucratic organizations are formally independent from presidential authority. Can you think of any examples?
Richard Neustadt (1919-2003)
Lots of interest groups have set up “astroturf operations” to simulate grass roots support for certain policies
Politicians have become particularly sensitive to people’s attitudes toward illegal immigration
Is this the public face of the GOP?
U.S. Christian conservatives have become some of the staunchest supporters of Israel, a factor the current and future presidents must take into account
(Picture from the BBC)