American POTUS

American POTUS

We are obsessed with the presidency at American POTUS. We believe that the 45 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.... Show More

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February 23, 2021 58 min

If you thought modern elections were tight, we present to you – the election of 1876!  The outcome was so close and so contested, some say a back room deal ultimately gave Hayes the White House by a margin of just 1 electoral vote.  Hayes did the best he could with his 4 years in office, but the formidable challenges of Southern reconstruction have tarnished his legacy to this day.  We’re taking an objective look at the highly cont...

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Sharing presidential history with your kids that’s both fun & accurate is vitally important.  Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, JFK – their All-American stories are ripe with genuinely heroic tales…but also some embarrassing missteps that every young American can learn from.  
Put the standard issue school history books aside, we’re looking at the presidency with a modern-day kid-centric storyteller and illustrator!  Their action-...

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February 10, 2021 40 min

From a young age, life kept throwing hurdles in front of a determined Bill Clinton, but he always worked and charmed his way over, around or through them – finding success and new opportunities.  And when he ultimately won the presidency in 92, when no one thought it was possible, he brought the same tenacity to his 8 years in The White House.  

The personal stories of intelligence, compassion and world-famous charisma of William Je...

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The Supreme Allied Commander who would become Commander-in-Chief, Dwight Eisenhower.  If titles were a true description of the man, you’d think his ego would shine as bright as the stars on his old uniform.  But this quiet statesman seemed to find the perfect balance between gentle and tough, cautioning the world’s communist leaders he would fight them every step of the way with not just weapons, but calm, civil negotiated peace.  ...

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Jimmy Carter's 1 term was full of challenges foreign and domestic; including inflation, fuel shortages and The Iran Hostage Crisis.  Ultimately, those issues were too big to overcome and he was shown the White House door a bit earlier than he would’ve liked.  But his idea of retirement is different than most, working around the globe to ensure fair elections and building homes for those less fortunate.  The Peanut Farmer from P...

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The 2 founding fathers who would be friends, enemies and then friends again – John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.  The 51-year relationship between these Frienemies is complicated but telling, offering critical insight into the very delicate and increasingly political first couple decades of our nation.  Looking back, it’s proven to be one of our republic’s best examples of respectful disagreement.  The mutually perplexing association...

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By all accounts FDR appeared to have every advantage in life: family prestige, money, wit, and wisdom.  But it may have been his life-changing disadvantage that gave him the inspiration to win The White House.  And once he got there, it was no easy task – dealing with a global war on 2 fronts and an economic mess at home.  Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s affliction with Polio and his inspirational rise to the presidency is on this epis...

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As we look back on our first 13 episodes, we’ve learned that while the personalities and political parties may be vastly different, the patriotism of each POTUS is the common denominator.  In every case, these office holders & the people they’ve surrounded themselves with, have all had one goal in mind – to further the great American experiment the best way they knew how.  Before we begin our second term, we’re going through th...

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December 18, 2020 52 min

The presidency and tragic ending to the JFK era is well known, but how did POTUS 35 grow into the legend that inspires and haunts many to this day?  His path to the White House included family privilege, luck, disease, heartbreak, but most of all – personal perseverance.  We're covering the All-American story of how a young John Fitzgerald Kennedy went from supporting role to top billing on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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December 14, 2020 53 min

A multi-million dollar post-presidency book deal hasn’t always been the norm for an ex-President.  Believe it or not, there was a time when who-wrote-what didn’t really matter – it was more about the importance of the document and ultimately the effect it had on advancing the nation.  But times have certainly changed, and so has the appetite to know who-said-what-where-when!  The surprising history of presidential autobiographies f...

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From the first First Lady on, these unelected but essential White House residents have each made their own mark on the presidency.  Charm, etiquette, culture and champions of social causes, they’ve brought attention to our nation’s most important challenges and unique qualities - all while raising a family and being their husbands most trusted advisors.

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From his very modest beginning, folks knew young Abe was going to be someone big, and boy did he prove them right.  When he took office, he was dealt probably the worst cards any president could imagine.  But his personality, patience and persistence helped him lead our nation through a terrible Civil War and to a new birth of freedom.  And while his tragic death kept him from overseeing reconstruction, his legacy continues to insp...

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He was the first to raise his hand and take the oath, George Washington.  When this national hero reluctantly took the job, he quickly realized he wasn’t just a figurehead, he had to figure out what exactly the presidency was.  So like any good leader, he recruited some of the country’s best and brightest to help him, and while they didn’t always get along, they did create a brand new, uniquely American Executive Branch, that is st...

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Calvin Coolidge was a man who achieved resounding success by famously saying very little!  His accidental presidency began with an unexpected middle-of-the-night swearing-in ceremony.  By morning, this small-government minded politician was cutting the budget and reducing taxes.  And when government action was called for, he stepped in when he had to, but controversially stepped out of the spotlight when private solutions existed. ...

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The very first political dark horse, James K. Polk.  He paid his dues in state government and in the US Congress before unexpectedly finding himself up for the top spot in the 1844 election.  He went on to win, and changed the make-up of the country quite literally from sea to shining sea.  Expansion, War, Banking, he even implemented the whole idea of the postage stamp…and he did it all in just 4 years.  So why is he commonly know...

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October 13, 2020 42 min

He was one of the most effective presidential cabinet members in modern history – James A Baker.  He was in the middle of the national political scene for over 25 years, most notably as White House Chief of Staff and Secretary of State.  His keen sense of compromise helped him navigate the many pitfalls of Washington politics, proving time and again that behind every successful POTUS, is a strategic power broker who knows how to ge...

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Ronald Reagan was one of the most popular and influential presidents to ever hold the office, reigniting a national pride that rolled down from that shining city on a hill.  After 8 years in Washington, he left the White House and returned to California with his beloved Nancy, where his work and his legend continued.  Peggy Grande, Executive Assistant to Reagan during his post-presidency, shares her personal stories of POTUS 40'...

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Part 2 of our conversation about Andrew Jackson.  Old Hickory never had much of a home, until he settled on the perfect piece of land outside Nashville.  From being the source of his controversial wealth to hosting some of the country’s most influential guests, this historic site was the center of his world.  We’ll dive into all the different ways this home played a critical role before, during and after Andrew Jackson’s 8-year run...

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In this inaugural episode, we're talking about the man destined for a life of public service from the time he was born.  World War 2 pilot, U.S. Congressman, Ambassador, CIA Director, and after 8 years as the #2 man in the White House, he earned his shot as President.  His lifetime was spent defending, representing and leading the United States through challenges foreign and domestic.  We’re talking about 41’s All-American life...

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Lyndon Johnson's experience leading the U.S. Senate ultimately made him one of the most consequential Accidental Presidents in history.  When he took over for JFK, he made it his mission to get more done with his limited time in office, than anyone thought possible.  But at the same time, he sunk deeper and deeper into the quagmire of Vietnam, a tragedy that became part of his complicated legacy.
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