Debating the Obama Presidency

  • Filename: debating-the-obama-presidency.
  • ISBN: 1442261242
  • Release Date: 2016-08-15
  • Number of pages: 290
  • Author: Steven E. Schier
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers



This is the first book to present both the arguments for and against Barack Obama's presidency and its policies. In it, prominent political scientists and Washington think tank scholars address Obama's domestic, economic and foreign policies and his political legacy. Contrasting perspectives engage the consequences Obama's large presidential aspirations and the challenges Obama encountered in pursuing those aspirations. By presenting rival perspectives, the book presents a distinctively appealing focus on the Obama presidency.

Debating the Presidency

  • Filename: debating-the-presidency.
  • ISBN: 9781483307749
  • Release Date: 2014-02-06
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Richard J. Ellis
  • Publisher: CQ Press



The study of the presidency—the power of the office, the evolution of the institution, the men who have served—has generated a rich body of research and scholarship. What better way to get students to grapple with this literature than through conflicting perspectives on some of the most pivotal issues facing the modern presidency? Once again Ellis and Nelson have assembled a cadre of top scholars to offer pro/con essays that will inspire spirited debate beyond the pages of the book in the Third edition of Debating the Presidency. Based on reviewers’ suggestions the authors have added new debate topics that include the presidential power to persuade, an up/down vote by Congress on legislation proposed by the president, presidential czars, the unitary executive, and the president’s war powers. Ellis and Nelson introduce each pair of essays, providing context and preparing students to read each argument critically, so they can decide for themselves which side of the debate they find most persuasive.

The Obama Presidency in the Constitutional Order

  • Filename: the-obama-presidency-in-the-constitutional-order.
  • ISBN: 9781442205314
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 310
  • Author: Carol McNamara
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield



The Obama administration is shaping up to be one of the most consequential in recent American history. In the revised edition of this book, now including new two chapters assessing the Obama administration and federalism and Obama as commander-in-chief, a diverse group of presidential scholars steps back from the partisan debate to consider the Obama presidency through the lens of the U.S. Constitution s theory, structure, and powers. This timely look at the Obama presidency establishes a constitutional yardstick of interest to scholars of the presidency, constitutional thought, and American political thought."

Kill or Capture

  • Filename: kill-or-capture.
  • ISBN: 9780547547787
  • Release Date: 2012-06-05
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Daniel Klaidman
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt



Is Barack Obama an idealist or a ruthless pragmatist? He vowed to close Guantánamo, put an end to coercive interrogation and military tribunals, and restore American principles of justice, yet in his first term he has backtracked on each of these promises, ramping up the secret war of drone strikes and covert operations. Behind the scenes, wrenching debates between hawks and doves—those who would kill versus those who would capture—have repeatedly tested the very core of the president’s identity. Top investigative reporter Dan Klaidman has spoken to dozens of sources to piece together a riveting Washington story packed with revelations. As the president’s inner circle debated secret programs, new legal frontiers, and the disjuncture between principles and down-and-dirty politics, Obama vacillated, sometimes lashed out, and spoke in lofty tones while approving a mounting toll of assassinations and kinetic-war operations. Klaidman’s fly-on-the-wall reporting reveals who has his ear, how key national security decisions are really made, and whether or not President Obama has lived up to the promise of candidate Obama. Readers making up their minds about him during the 2012 election year will turn to Kill or Capture to decide.

The Black Presidency

  • Filename: the-black-presidency.
  • ISBN: 054438766X
  • Release Date: 2016-02-02
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Michael Eric Dyson
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin



A provocative, lively deep-dive into the meaning of America's first black president and first black presidency, from "one of the most graceful and lucid intellectuals writing on race and politics today" (Vanity Fair)

The Obama Presidency

  • Filename: the-obama-presidency.
  • ISBN: 9780739172346
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 231
  • Author: William Crotty
  • Publisher: Lexington Books



A comprehensive analysis of the Obama presidency, its actions in office and its policy directions. The changes in orientation and policy directions that took place are both accounted for and explained in a policy and political context as are their consequences for the institution of the presidency itself.

The Obama Presidency and the Politics of Change

  • Filename: the-obama-presidency-and-the-politics-of-change.
  • ISBN: 9783319410333
  • Release Date: 2016-11-09
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Edward Ashbee
  • Publisher: Springer



This edited volume considers the extent to which the Obama presidency matched the promises of hope and change that were held out in the 2008 election. Contributors assess the character of “change” and, within this context, survey the extent to which there was enduring change within particular policy areas, both domestic and foreign. The authors combine empirical detail with more speculative assessment of the limits and possibilities of change amidst a very dense institutional landscape and in an era of intense political polarization. Some see significant changes, the full consequences of which may only be evident in later years. Other authors in the collection present a markedly different picture and suggest that processes of change were not only limited and partial but at times leading the US in directions far removed from the promises of 2008. The book will make an important contribution to the debates about the Obama legacy.

Power Wars

  • Filename: power-wars.
  • ISBN: 9780316286602
  • Release Date: 2015-11-03
  • Number of pages: 688
  • Author: Charlie Savage
  • Publisher: Little, Brown



Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie Savage's penetrating investigation of the Obama presidency and the national security state Barack Obama campaigned on a promise of change from George W. Bush's "global war on terror." Yet from indefinite detention and drone strikes to surveillance and military tribunals, Obama ended up continuing-and in some cases expanding-many policies he inherited. What happened? In Power Wars, Charlie Savage looks inside the Obama administration's national security legal and policy team in a way that no one has before. Based on exclusive interviews with more than 150 current and former officials and access to previously unreported documents, he lays bare their internal deliberations, including emotional debates over the fates of detainees held on torture-tainted evidence and acts of war that lacked congressional authorization. He tells the inside stories of how Obama came to order the killing of an American citizen, preside over an unprecedented crackdown on leaks, and keep a then-secret National Security Agency program that collected records of every American's phone calls. Savage also pieces together the first comprehensive history of how American surveillance secretly developed over the past thirty-five years, synthesizing recent revelations and filling in gaps with new reporting. And he provides lucid explanations of legal dilemmas in a way that non-lawyers can understand. Highlighted by new information about the pivotal aftermath to the failed Christmas underwear bombing and the planning for the Osama bin Laden raid, Savage's own eyewitness reporting at Guantánamo, and detailed accounts of closed-door meetings at the highest levels of government, Power Wars equips readers to understand the legacy of Obama's presidency.

Tension City

  • Filename: tension-city.
  • ISBN: 9780679603511
  • Release Date: 2011-09-13
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Jim Lehrer
  • Publisher: Random House



With an update by the author for the 2012 election. A veteran newsman who has presided over eleven presidential and vice-presidential debates, Jim Lehrer gives readers a ringside seat for some of the epic political battles of our time, shedding light on all of the critical turning points and rhetorical faux pas that helped determine the outcome of America’s presidential elections. Drawing on his own experiences as “the man in the middle seat,” in-depth interviews with the candidates and his fellow moderators, and transcripts of key exchanges, Lehrer illuminates what he calls the “Major Moments” and “killer questions” that defined the debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain. In this paperback edition, he also offers his expert analysis of the 2012 Republican primary debates. Asked to sum up his experience as a participant in high-level televised debates, President George H. W. Bush memorably likened them to an evening in “tension city.” In Jim Lehrer’s absorbing account, we find out that truer words were never spoken. “A brisk and engaging memoir.”—The Washington Post “Enthralling . . . remarkable . . . a wonderful political memoir.”—Bookreporter “A really good read . . . [There is] no debating quality of Jim Lehrer’s book.”—Associated Press “Jim Lehrer is a national monument, and this riveting book shows how he became America’s moderator.”—Michael Beschloss, author of Presidential Courage “A political junkie’s backstage pass.”—The Capital Times

The Obama Presidency

  • Filename: the-obama-presidency.
  • ISBN: 9781483301624
  • Release Date: 2011-07-26
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Bert A. Rockman
  • Publisher: CQ Press



In the latest volume in this classic series, Rockman, Rudalevige, and Campbell once again bring together top-notch scholars, this time to take a comprehensive look at the first two years of Barack Obama’s presidency. Assessing Obama’s political strategy, as well as his administration’s successes and setbacks, chapter authors critically examine a presidency marked by continued partisanship, major policy battles, and continued global turmoil.

Obama s Time

  • Filename: obama-s-time.
  • ISBN: 9780199383375
  • Release Date: 2015
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Morton Keller
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA



"Barack Obama came into office in the midst of one of the worst financial crises in American history and had to extract the US from two grinding foreign wars. He succeeded in enacting the most progressive legislative agenda since the Great Society years, and has pivoted American foreign policy toward East Asia. In The Obama Presidency, political historian Morton Keller provides the first major historical assessment of the still-unfolding Obama presidency, examining his presidential persona and governing style, his domestic and foreign policies, and his place in the larger context of modern American politics. Obama came into the presidency with a unique set of assets: the first African-American president, with a transformative, messianic view of what he hoped to accomplish as President; and the capacity to excite the hopes of large segments of the electorate. That expectation has been tempered not only by his Republican opposition, but by larger realities: the play of interests and contingency, and the institutional weight of the presidency. The major tension in Obama's presidency has been between his strong commitment to an active federal government and the powerful counter-forces in contemporary American public life. Obama is in a sense haunted by his presidential predecessors in the twentieth century Democratic reform tradition, and constantly either looks to them or invokes them. But he has had to contend with the unique set of difficulties surrounding the active, centralized, bureaucratic state in our time. The eventual outcome of Obama's presidency, and its place in the American political tradition, has still to be determined. But this pioneering attempt at a historical assessment of the Obama presidency highlights the tensions, achievements, and failures that are sure to influence future interpretations"--

Inside the Presidential Debates

  • Filename: inside-the-presidential-debates.
  • ISBN: 9780226530390
  • Release Date: 2008-09-15
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Newton N. Minow
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press



Newton Minow’s long engagement with the world of television began nearly fifty years ago when President Kennedy appointed him chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. As its head, Minow would famously dub TV a “vast wasteland,” thus inaugurating a career dedicated to reforming television to better serve the public interest. Since then, he has been chairman of PBS and on the board of CBS and elsewhere, but his most lasting contribution remains his leadership on televised presidential debates. He was assistant counsel to Illinois governor Adlai Stevenson when Stevenson first proposed the idea of the debates in 1960; he served as cochair of the presidential debates in 1976 and 1980; and he helped create and is currently vice chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates, which has organized the debates for the last two decades. Written with longtime collaborator Craig LaMay, this fascinating history offers readers for the first time a genuinely inside look into the origins of the presidential debates and the many battles—both legal and personal—that have determined who has been allowed to debate and under what circumstances. The authors do not dismiss the criticism of the presidential debates in recent years but do come down solidly in favor of them, arguing that they are one of the great accomplishments of modern American electoral politics. As they remind us, the debates were once unique in the democratic world, are now emulated across the globe, and they offer the public the only real chance to see the candidates speak in direct response to one another in a discussion of major social, economic, and foreign policy issues. Looking to the challenges posed by third-party candidates and the emergence of new media such as YouTube, Minow and LaMay ultimately make recommendations for the future, calling for the debates to become less formal, with candidates allowed to question each other and citizens allowed to question candidates directly. They also explore the many ways in which the Internet might serve to broaden the debates’ appeal and informative power. Whether it’s Clinton or Obama vs. McCain, Inside the Presidential Debates will be welcomed in 2008 by anyone interested in where this crucial part of our democracy is headed—and how it got there.

Debating Democracy A Reader in American Politics

  • Filename: debating-democracy-a-reader-in-american-politics.
  • ISBN: 9780495913474
  • Release Date: 2011-01-01
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Bruce Miroff
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning



Designed to accompany any American Government text, this engaging reader features a debate-style format that includes two readings per chapter--each representing opposing viewpoints. The unique format and current content give this book a distinct advantage over other readers. The seventh edition incorporates up-to-date chapter introductions and new debates on issues such as corporate spending in elections, same-sex marriage, and negative campaigning for a fresh look at the hot-button issues in modern American government. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Barry

  • Filename: barry.
  • ISBN: 9781493171743
  • Release Date: 2014-05-31
  • Number of pages: 156
  • Author: Phillip W. Johnson
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation



Barack Hussein Obama has been my political muse from the moment I began writing about him. He became the 2nd President of the 21st Century, an era where Presidents now must contend with the vortex of the 24-hour new cycle, the blogosphere, and all in between. This book in short is about responses, as President Obama’s candidacy, and Presidency have elicited responses from opponents, and supporters both domestic and foreign. During that time Mr. Obama has had to respond to both criticism and praise, challenges from within, and challenges from a far. Finally, this book is a compilation of my own personal observations of Barack Obama as a candidate, and President. Although I was a supporter of Mr. Obama both physically, and financially, I want the reader to be clear, this book is not a blanket endorsement of the policies of President Obama, as it offers praise when needed, delivers criticisms when deserved, and rose what I felt to be thoughtful questions when appropriate.

The Obama Presidency

  • Filename: the-obama-presidency.
  • ISBN: 9781438443287
  • Release Date: 2012-07-01
  • Number of pages: 443
  • Author: Robert P. Watson
  • Publisher: SUNY Press



Lively and engaging essays covering President Obama’s domestic and foreign policy, governing style, and character.

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