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The Presidency

Overview

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The History of the Presidency

In popular culture, the president of the United States has been an action hero (Air Force One, Independence Day), a romantic leading man (The American President), a dastardly villain (Absolute Power), a lovable ordinary guy (Dave), a buffoon (Wag the Dog), and a well-meaning do-gooder (The West Wing). Other movies explore the lives of actual presidents, including George Washington, Young Mr. Lincoln, Wilson, JFK, and Nixon.

In reality, being president of the United States is one of the most difficult jobs in the world. The president is under constant pressure to please many people, including members of his or her political party and the American people. Every move is examined under a critical microscope, and every gaffe is widely reported. For better or worse, the president becomes the face of the United States for the four-year term spent in office.

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