The Rhetoric of Heroic Expectations
Establishing the Obama PresidencyeBook - 2014
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)."