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Chapter One: The Presidency and the Power Float: Our Rotating Prime Ministers
  • Huntsville, Tennessee
  • The Image of Power: The President as John Wayne
    • Presidential travel
    • Television
    • John Wayne image is misleading
  • Power Reality: Our Rotating Premiers
    • Power is much more decentralized
    • Power floats
    • Less like a seesaw and more like water polo
    • The president is always part of the power mix but not necessarily the central part.
    • To govern, a president has to move toward the middle.
    • The root causes of the modern power float lie in the political transformations of the last twenty five years that have altered the power game and the way our nation is governed.