The Spring of 1787
In the spring of 1787, 55 men participated in foundational debates to shape the America we know today and define the presidency to lead it.
A ’90s-Style Government Shutdown (Part 2)On Nov. 7, 1995, a long and uncomfortable plane ride helped fire up Speaker Gingrich to deliver a dramatic set of budget demands that President Bill Clinton did not expect.
If a Wall FallsIn 1989, the Berlin Wall came down and President George H.W. Bush refrained from making grandiose statements about American-style democracy.
Tip and the Gip: Part 1Republican President Ronald Reagan and Democratic Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill were friends, at least after 6 p.m.
Taking Aim at the New GuyOn Oct. 18, 1938, former President Hoover picked on his successor with gusto.
The Bidding of Biden to Boo BorkWhen Justice Powell announced his resignation, President Reagan realized he had an opportunity to score major cultural points with his party.
Nixon Goes to China (Part 3 of 3)President Nixon trades jokes and digs into philosophy with Chairman Mao.
Nixon Goes to China (Part 1)President Richard Nixon warmly visited China in 1972, even as he positioned himself as firmly anti-communist.
The Lighthearted Leanings of LeadershipRonald Reagan could deliver jokes like the best of them, but do American presidents need to make the masses laugh?
Griever in Chief and Guardian of Common GroundOn April 19, 1995, when the Oklahoma City bombing shocked the nation, Bill Clinton offered emotional and political guidance.
Jimmy Carter’s Olympic BoycottThe president tried to use the 1980 Summer Olympics to get Russia out of Afghanistan. It didn’t work.
The Entanglements of the MegarichAre the financial complications of the extremely wealthy compatible with the presidency?
The Partial Truths of the PresidencyMany American presidents value truth without delivering it fully.
A ’90s-Style Government Shutdown (Part 1)In April 1995, Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich battled to define American democracy.
Tip and the Gip: Part 2Republican President Ronald Reagan and Democratic House Speaker Tip O’Neill demonstrate how bipartisanship can lead to compromise when it comes to Social Security.
Doing the Midterm ShuffleMidterm elections in 1982, 1986, 1994, 2006, and 2010 all called for the incumbent president of the United States to do a little reframing of the meaning of the vote of the people.
The Nomination of Judge Bork, Part 2President Reagan saw Judge Bork as a clear choice for the Supreme Court, but it wasn’t quite so clear to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Kennedy and Communism (Part 1 of 2)President John F. Kennedy bumbled the Bay of Pigs but pressed on to meet Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.
Nixon Goes to China (Part 2 of 3)With the help of a ping-pong tournament, Richard Nixon’s diplomatic goals got a boost.
Roosevelt vs. the GorgonTheodore Roosevelt stood up to the monopolies of his time, but with no guarantee of success.
Four Score and Seven Years of Presidential GolfingPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower may have been America’s biggest presidential golf player and fan.
Retiring for PeaceOn Jan. 17, 1968, Lyndon Johnson delivered his State of the Union and surprised his closest advisers when he didn’t step down.
The 25th AmendmentWhen Lyndon Johnson took the oath of office, a flaw in the Constitution was revealed.
At the Heart of the President’s HeartIn 1955, a presidential heart attack changed the relationship between the press and the presidency.