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Constructing the Presidency for the 21st Century: Learning from Past Triumphs and Tragedies

pub_Constructing_the_PresidencyIn a speech given in May 1999 at Fordham University, Dr. David Abshire argues that Presidents need sage counsel to transform their campaigns - and their inevitable policy or personal mistakes - into effective governance. Using the examples of Presidents Nixon, Reagan and Clinton, Dr. Abshire provides three recommendations to incoming Presidents: beware of hubris when entering office; remember that Congress must be a partner; and, if things go wrong, get objective outside advice and "get it all out."

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