The Obama administration is shaping up to be one of the most consequential in recent American history. In this book, a diverse group of presidential scholars step back from the partisan debate to consider the first two years of the Obama presidency through the lens of the U.S. constitution's theory, structure, and powers. They ask how Barack Obama understands and exercises the President's formal constitutional and informal powers and responsibilities of the president, from foreign policy and public policy to his political leadership of the Democratic party and the nation as a whole. This timely first look at the Obama presidency establishes a constitutional yardstick of interest to scholars of the presidency, constitutional thought, and American political thought.
Carol McNamara is senior lecturer in the Political Science Department at Utah State University. Melanie Marlowe is a lecturer of political science at Miami University.
Foreword Chapter 1: The Obama Campaign Revolution: Presidential Electioneering in the Digital Age Chapter 2: Professor Obama and the Constitution Chapter 3: President Obama and Executive Independence Chapter 4: President Obama and Congress: Deference, Disinterest, or Collusion? Chapter 5: The Spirit is Partially Willing: The Legal Realism and Half-Hearted Minimalism of President Obama Chapter 6: President Obama, the Intelligence Community, and the War on Terror: "Change We Can Believe In?" Chapter 7: The End of Small Politics? Barack Obama and the Progressive Movement Chapter 8: Presidential Masks: Barack Obama and FDR Chapter 9: Barack Obama's Post-Racial Presidency: a New Joshua for a New Civil Rights Era Chapter 10: The Changing Face of Barack Obama's Leadership