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By Matthew T. Corrigan

If Hillary Clinton gained the Democratic celebration nomination in 2008, it will proceed a pattern of a Bush or a Clinton being on a countrywide presidential price ticket for the final 28 years within the usa. by no means ahead of within the background of the state have households ruled the political approach in this sort of demeanour. This two-family domination has endangered the yank presidency as a consultant establishment and has allowed own, relations concerns to dominate policymaking at an important time in American historical past. the issues with the Hillary Clinton crusade in 2008 and the present struggles of the second one Bush presidency may still supply pause to these americans who're considering a moment Clinton presidency or a 3rd Bush presidency. through studying the political careers of 3 trees (George H.W., George W. and Jeb) and Clintons (Bill and Hillary), this ebook will spotlight the issues and the implications of mixing the main strong political workplace on the earth with relatives legacies.

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Washington did not want to run for president the first time and he certainly did not want to run again in 1793. In essence, Washington could have been elected leader for life. He turned this opportunity down in one of the most unselfish political acts in the history of the world. Washington voluntarily left the presidency after two terms. The president needed to be strong in Washington’s view but also have limits. An important part of this limitation was to turn power over peacefully to the next leader chosen by the electoral college.

To talk politics in American is to talk of the president,”35 historian Barbara Kellerman writes. The power the federal government acquired during the New Deal and World War II combined with the media saturation coverage of the Kennedy era has placed the president in a unique position as the central focus of the nation. Along with the attention on the president comes attention on the president’s family. Troy writes that the nation’s fascination with the president and the presidential spouse “sheds light on the growth of government, the epidemic of celebrity, .

American Democracy and Family Presidencies 23 Clearly, some of the founders had deep reservations about a close relationship between the American presidency and the American people. George Mason in particular was concerned that the public could not make an informed decision about the best candidate for president. 31 The electoral college was the result of these concerns. This college would be appointed by the state legislatures shielding the presidency from direct public input. However, the presidency and the American people would not be kept apart.

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