American POTUS

American POTUS

We are obsessed with the presidency at American POTUS. We believe that the 46 imperfect patriots who have held our nation’s highest office all have something to offer today’s electorate – a perspective that appropriately grounds today’s political conversations in truth and context. To help us reveal the many layers of each administration, we’ll be joined by the nation’s most influential historians, scholars and experts who have studied every facet of the presidents and the presidency. Not only will we cover the crucial decisions that changed the world but also the humor, hobbies and quirks that give us a captivating sense of each American POTUS.

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May 8, 2022 58 min

Our young, vibrant 35th President’s career path was both fast and fascinating.  He was born into a prominent Massachusetts family, served heroically in World War 2, beat the odds to become a 3 term U.S. Congressman and then served as a U.S. Senator.  But his journey wasn’t all smiles and fairy tale stories.  He faced an incredible amount of challenges; politically, emotionally and physically.  What made the man who would become one...

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Memorials, Statues, Office Buildings, even Houses – Washington D.C. is a living, breathing, constant reminder of the office of The Presidency.  Everywhere you look, there’s something that honors the best and brightest of the past and all the moving parts of our present-day POTUS!  We’re revealing the strange stories and outrageous details behind D.C.’s most significant Presidential sites.  See how they all came about and what you c...

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April 18, 2022 50 min

A long line of our nation’s first President's all tipped a drink, gobbled up some food and danced the night away at the very historic Gadsby's Tavern in Old Town Alexandria Virginia.  And while having a good time was important, it was also the place where some of our early nation’s most famous founding fathers got down to business.  They met to hear the latest news of the day, and they schemed to make news of their own, com...

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April 11, 2022 38 min

The pressures of the presidency can be overwhelming, especially when your own nation is entangled in a Civil War.  To recharge himself, Abraham Lincoln and his family would often retreat to a secluded cottage, less than 4 miles from The White House.  It doesn’t seem like a long way, but it was world’s away from the hustle and trouble of D.C.  What he found here was physical and mental health, and what he did here resulted in some o...

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April 4, 2022 92 min

The Library of Congress sits in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol itself, a prominent location that serves a distinct purpose, to remind us of the importance our forefathers put on having an educated nation.  Walk in the doors, and it’s clear this library is unlike any other.  A vast collection of over 170 million books, videos, maps, audio files, and anything else that might tell the story of our nation for future generations.  We’re...

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The National Mall has been called “America’s Front Yard”, an iconic place where our most notable Presidents are honored for their service.  But to get a spot on the mall is a tough get – it’s one of the rarest and most valuable pieces of real estate in the world.  To make it happen, it ironically comes down to fundraising and politics – something the people honored here, know all too well!  We'll talk about how The National Mal...

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As a youngster, he was never satisfied with his own formal education, so as a grown-up he never turned down the chance to feed his curiosity, gobbling up anything he could find on Soldiering, Farming or even Governing.  And by examining his incredible personal collection of books and artifacts, you can easily see how this passion turned him into a strong confident leader, just when the country needed it most.  A healthy helping of ...

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Every time his country called George Washington reluctantly said yes, packed his bags and  hit the road.  But through all the times he was away, his thoughts always returned to his pride and joy, Mount Vernon.  The General’s intensity and focus to this special place was for good reason, it was much more than a home, it was his business – a 24/7/365 Virginia Tidewater farm!  We're examining what the place meant to him and what i...

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March 9, 2022 41 min

It was the center of George Washington's 8,000 acre farm, the iconic mansion that he and his family called home.  Never fully satisfied with the place, the General was always tinkering with it, adding on, modifying, redecorating, making the place function for not just the first family but also the revolving door of visitors from around the world.  We’re going inside the common areas and the private areas of one of the world’s m...

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February 28, 2022 56 min

Theodore Roosevelt is one of the most influential accidental presidents this nation has ever had.  Domestically he pushed the Square Deal to help average citizens, and internationally it was all about The Panama Canal and brokering peace - but all of that was just a drop in the bucket!  During his time in office, he accomplished a lot more than most, but most don’t come anywhere near having the boundless energy or ambition of TR!  ...

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Breaking out of Abraham Lincoln’s shadow would’ve been tough for anybody, much less a Southern Democrat who struggled with his own sense of racism.  Regardless, Andrew Jackson now had the job and had to deal with Civil War Reconstruction – no easy task.  It didn’t take long for this stubborn accidental President to make a lot of political enemies, but one stands out above the rest – activist Frederick Douglass.  And even though the...

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February 14, 2022 50 min

George W Bush walked into the White House dialed in on domestic issues, but after 9/11, all attention turned to the chaotic war on terror.  To begin with, the country was fully behind him, but the long drawn out fight eventually took its toll on the public’s patience.  Mix in a financial collapse and a natural catastrophe, and his national support was in a free fall.  But whether all of these issues make you think he was overrated ...

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Thomas Jefferson was an overachiever who accomplished some pretty major things in his life, wrote the Declaration of Independence, Secretary of State, Governor, Vice President and President.  But when your career maxes out, guys like Jefferson don’t just go home and retire quietly.  To keep himself occupied, he turned his energy toward creating a University.  An institute of higher learning that would in his mind, ensure that gener...

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January 31, 2022 50 min

POTUS Franklin Pierce may not be top-of-mind when you think about the Presidency, but just like the All Star’s of the White House, his decisions and plans were terribly consequential.  At the top of the list, how he dealt with the raging debate over slavery.  Both sides saw him as a compromiser, but were frustrated when his attempts to please everyone, never really settled anything.  It wasn’t all bad for him though, he did have so...

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January 24, 2022 46 min

Sure, Dwight Eisenhower led the charge to end World War 2, but leading the nation from The White House was a whole new test for him.  Like any good General, he did it by assessing each situation, coming up with a good plan, enabling qualified people to help him, and then sharing the success with all those involved – something not typically in the D.C. political playbook!  We’re getting to know the cautious, deliberative, patriotic ...

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After taking office, George Washington sensed a bit of trouble.  Our recently unified country was on the brink of falling apart into 13 individual pieces.  Something had to be done, and as usual, he stepped up.  His strategy, giving the citizens a chance to see him, and giving him a chance to see the citizens.  Months and miles went by, and like so many times before, the Great General ultimately found success, sparking a national u...

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January 4, 2022 54 min

Our Constitution lays out 3 branches of government, with all of them holding power to check on each other just to make sure no one gets a little out of hand, including the President!  Over time, some in the Executive Branch have pushed this rule book to the breaking point, but so far, it’s held strong.  A credit to the framers who came up with it to begin with, and those who have modified it for an evolving nation.  Our living &...

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James Madison may have been physically slight, but his influence as a founding father is off the charts!  He took on the creation of our constitution and the Bill of Rights.  And when he got the keys to the White House from his buddy Thomas Jefferson, he was faced with a whole new confrontation, going to war…again…with the British Army.  But through all these challenges, he had his own diplomatic secret weapon, the very outspoken a...

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December 22, 2021 69 min

William Howard Taft was the hand-picked successor by Theodore Roosevelt himself.  But after just a couple years in The White House, their tight relationship fell apart, and Taft’s run for a 2nd term became the target for TR’s political attacks.  And what did all of this inner-party feuding do…it caused them both to lose!  Taft was out, but his story was far from over.  The man who loved the law, got his dream job when he became the...

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December 13, 2021 49 min

Benjamin Harrison followed in the path of his POTUS Grandfather, calling Indiana home, serving in the military, the Senate and the White House.  While he won the presidency in a squeaker, he was way more successful than Grandpa, modernizing the navy and pushing for African-American voting rights.  But just when he got things going, this grandson POTUS who defeated Grover Cleveland, then lost to the same man just 4 years later!  It’...

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