Friday, February 09, 2007

Two Presidential Articles from Newsweek

The February 12, 2007 issue of Newsweek has two articles relating to the American Presidency. These are:

1. Inside Bush's Fixation With Harry Truman - The authors are Holly Bailey, Richard Wolffe and Evan Thomas. The write, "Many presidents find solace in comparing themselves to their predecessors, the only people who could truly understand the job at hand. Truman is a favorite, particularly for presidents with low poll numbers. By 1952, the last year of his presidency, Truman's approval rating sank as low as 22 percent, about 10 points lower than Bush's. David McCullough, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Truman tells NEWSWEEK that, faced with an uphill re-election fight in 1992, George H.W. Bush invited McCullough to the White House to talk about how Truman had beaten the odds in the 1948 campaign (unlike Truman, Bush lost his re-election bid). The two Roosevelts and Lincoln, of course, are popular role models. Bill Clinton, who spent many hours in office fretting over his legacy, lamented that he might not rank highly because he lacked the opportunity to be a war president —perhaps overlooking in his meditations the impact of the Lewinsky scandal."

2. Happy Birthday, Abe: The Lincoln Bedroom is restored to its 19th-century glory - Author Michael Beschloss wrote, "A hundred and ninety-eight years after Abraham Lincoln's birth, the White House's Lincoln Bedroom finally looks like a room the great man would recognize." A photo gallery showing off the new look is available as well.

Happy reading!

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