Monday, August 21, 2006

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

Constructing the Presidency for the 21st Century: Learning from Past Triumphs and Tragedies. This essay from 1998 is by David M. Abshire with an Introduction by Michael Beschloss.

It argues that Presidents need sage counsel to tranform their campaigns - and their inevitable policy or personal mistakes - into effective governance.

From the site:

As magnificently as our Founders shaped the office of the Presidency, one thing they did not do so well -- ensure that there would be some sort of institutional history and history and abiding wellspring of sage advice, above party and ideology, that would keep newly-appointed Presidential aides from presuming that they were in the process of reinventing the wheel.

As David Abshire, one of the wisest people in our country, points out in this thoughtful and provocative lecture, Presidential transitions have too often been more bruising than they needed to be, and the loser has sometimes turned out to be the new President himself.

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