David Adler

The Presidency and the Constitution

The exercise of presidential power in modern times, particularly in the area of foreign policy, has triggered a heated debate within the corridors of power and throughout the nation on the constitutional powers of the Presidency. Adler will examine the controversies surrounding the development and exercise of the constitutional powers and responsibilities of the commander in chief, the power to make war, and the authority to conduct foreign policy.

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    An exploration of the often-conflicting expectations that Americans have of their presidents. For example, we often demand strong, popular leadership, yet we have a deep suspicion of centralization and abuse of power. We want a president who reflects and follows the will of the people, but we also want one who boldly leads and shapes public opinion. This program explores the question of what constitutes greatness and distinguishes great presidents like Washington, Lincoln, and FDR, from less highly regarded executives like Coolidge, Hoover and Carter.
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    This is a discussion of the central moments, events and controversies of various presidencies, including those of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton, among others.