The American presidency has involved and confounded students for over 200 years. Is the establishment redefined through each one new occupant, or is the presidency basically a cog within the constitutional desktop created in 1787? Philip Abbott argues that the presidency can top be seen as an "exemplary" establishment from which occupants try and "read" after which form political tradition throughout the imaginitive and selective variation of the idea, regulations, and management forms of earlier leaders. He identifies 4 of the main robust exemplars in American historical past - Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, and Lincoln - and assessments his concept via an exam of the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
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