The Rhetoric of Heroic Expectations

The Rhetoric of Heroic Expectations

Establishing the Obama Presidency

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Campaign rhetoric helps candidates to get elected, but its effects last well beyond the counting of the ballots; this was perhaps never truer than in Barack ObamaOCOs 2008 campaign. Did Obama create such high expectations that they actually hindered his ability to enact his agenda? Should we judge his performance by the scale of the expectations his rhetoric generated, or against some other standard? "The Rhetoric of Heroic Expectations: Establishing the Obama Presidency" grapples with these and other important questions.

Barack ObamaOCOs election seemed to many to fulfill Martin Luther King Jr.OCOs vision of the OC long arc of the moral universe . . . bending toward justice.OCO And after the terrorism, war, and economic downturn of the previous decade, candidate ObamaOCOs rhetoric cast broad visions of a change in the direction of American life. In these and other ways, the election of 2008 presented an especially strong example of creating expectations that would shape the publicOCOs views of the incoming administration.a The publicOCOs high expectations, in turn, become a part of any presidentOCOs burden upon assuming office.

The interdisciplinary scholars who have contributed to this volume focus their analysis upon three kinds of presidential burdens: institutional burdens (specific to the office of the presidency); contextual burdens (specific to the historical moment within which the president assumes office); and personal burdens (specific to the individual who becomes president)."

Publisher: College Station, Texas : Texas A&M University Press, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781623491215
Characteristics: 1 online resource (302 pages).


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