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.

Episodes

October 10, 2022 46 min

In mid-June of 1972, Richard Nixon was riding high.  After just 1-term, the country was getting along better with each other and with our global frien-enemies.  His reelection was all but certain. But after a sloppy burglary of the Democratic headquarters in Watergate, and the chaotic cover-up that followed, our 37th POTUS’s 2nd term fell into a tailspin. We’re offering up a modern, objective look at Nixon’s Presidency and the noto...

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World War 1 had just wrapped up, and the nation was desperate for a “return to normalcy”.  So who’s more normal than Warren Harding, a small town newspaperman from the Midwest?

He was elected in a landslide and seemed to have a fairly successful presidency.  But after he got sick and died in office, trouble started bubbling to the surface.  It seems, while Harding may have been a good guy in office, his cabinet was anything but.  Se...

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September 13, 2022 60 min

While in office, we debate and critique just about everything a POTUS does.  When they pass on, either in office or long after, the conversation about their policies might lighten up a bit, but the controversy rolls on. Washington’s last wishes, Adams and Jeffersons divine timing, Lincoln’s eventual resting place, Reagan’s final closing scene.  They all reflect the impact these leaders had on us and how we remember them to this day...

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September 5, 2022 51 min

This son-of-a-peanut-farmer could have easily laid down his roots on the land he grew up on.  But great things were calling him far removed from the Georgia countryside.  A graduate of the Naval Academy, a Governor, a President, the man just kept achieving amazing things no one thought possible! But a rough economy here at home and trouble abroad brought his unlikely presidential ascension to a close after just 1 term.  And while h...

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The Watergate cover-up and the resignation.  To this day, they are the first things we remember when it comes to our 37th POTUS. But take away the emotional pre-conceived notions, and what do we discover?  A man with a modest background, a complicated personality and a drive-to-succeed that was off the charts. Leave what you thought about Richard Nixon aside, and consider our objective look at this president, all he accomplished wh...

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August 8, 2022 54 min

World War 1 was building steam in Europe, with the British and the French desperately doing all they could to get the U.S. involved.  But before America could take up arms on the European battlefield, 3 progressive political heavyweights were battling it out here at home, trying to win over public opinion. It's the fascinating story of 1 past POTUS, 1 current POTUS and 1 female activist.  Their conflicting philosophies, and who...

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July 22, 2022 41 min

About 5 years into President George W. Bush's War on Terror, things were not going well.  The war in Iraq was failing and The President was getting pressure from all sides, including his own, to pull out and call it quits. But instead, he doubled-down, increasing the number of troops and rethinking how those troops would be used.  It ultimately turned things around and success was finally within reach. How our 43rd POTUS manage...

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American POTUS is proud to present a special preview episode of our brand new show, American FLOTUS!  Just like our highly successful series on the history of the presidency, this podcast will include national experts, facts and important perspective to the amazing women who have served as First Lady.  We have a lot of terrific guest experts lined up for future episodes, so be sure to subscribe to American FLOTUS today!  

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American POTUS is proud to present a special preview episode of American SCOTUS!  Just like our highly successful series on the history of the presidency, this podcast will present national experts, facts and important perspective to the highest court in the land.  We have a lot of terrific guest experts lined up for future episodes, so be sure to subscribe to American SCOTUS today! 

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Grover Cleveland is the only President to serve 1 term, leave the White House, then return for a 2nd term.  His 2 presidency’s were politically rough; a depressed economy, overzealous corporations, and railroads steaming out of control.  But there’s another challenge he dealt with, a more personal, health-related challenge.  And somehow, someway, this President was able to virtually disappear and have it treated completely off the ...

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The pressure of living and working in The White House can be immense, so pouring a glass of beer, wine or whiskey every now and then to relax and unwind, it’s understandable.  But to each President, his own.  Over time, some may have drunk too much, some not at all, and some cleverly using a well-crafted cocktail…or two… as yet another political tool to push their agenda.  From the first POTUS to some of our most recent, we’re serv...

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May 23, 2022 67 min

Martin Van Buren just might be the most important President you don’t really know much about.  Governor, Senator, Secretary of State, VicePOTUS, and POTUS – this man’s resume is long and impressive.  After this lifetime of politics working toward The White House, he had the bad luck of dealing with a nasty financial crisis that ended his presidency nearly as soon as it started, getting kicked out after just 1 term.  The man who cre...

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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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April 25, 2022 29 min

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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