Chief of Scare

David Herbert Donald, foreword to Guide to the Presidency, Third Edition, ed. Michael Nelson (Washington: CQ Press, 2002):

Congressional Quarterly’s Guide to the Presidency is one of the few reference books that I always take with me on my working summer “vacation” on Cape Cod.  I find it an indispensable book – and, so, I think, will every American historian and biographer, every political scientist, and every student of international relations.  Certainly it ought to be on the desk of every member of Congress, and every aspirant for the presidency should make it his bible.

Daniel C. Diller, “Chief of State,” in Guide to the Presidency:

Like a monarch, a U.S. president is the embodiment of the American people and a focal point for national unity.  Presidents symbolize the country’s history, liberty, and strength.

Barack Obama, “Remarks by the President at DSCC Fundraiser,” October 16, 2010:

Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we’re hard-wired not to always think clearly when we’re scared.  And the country is scared, and they have good reason to be.


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