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The Problem of Presidential Rhetoric

Elvin T. Lim

in The Anti-Intellectual Presidency: The Decline of Presidential Rhetoric from George Washington to George W. Bush

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195342642
eISBN:
9780199851843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342642.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter addresses presidential anti-intellectualism as the problem itself. It begins with the characterization of presidential rhetorical trends as manifestations of the anti-intellectual ... More


The Linguistic Simplification of Presidential Rhetoric

Elvin T. Lim

in The Anti-Intellectual Presidency: The Decline of Presidential Rhetoric from George Washington to George W. Bush

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195342642
eISBN:
9780199851843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342642.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter proposes anti-intellectualism as the unifying critique of the contemporary presidency and begins a debate on how to redirect the attention toward the quality, rather than just the ... More


The Substantive Impoverishment of Presidential Rhetoric

Elvin T. Lim

in The Anti-Intellectual Presidency: The Decline of Presidential Rhetoric from George Washington to George W. Bush

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195342642
eISBN:
9780199851843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342642.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter examines the substantive impoverishment of presidential rhetoric. Specifically, it provides the evidence of linguistic simplification with evidence of substantive anti-intellectualism. ... More


Reforming the Anti-Intellectual Presidency

Elvin T. Lim

in The Anti-Intellectual Presidency: The Decline of Presidential Rhetoric from George Washington to George W. Bush

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195342642
eISBN:
9780199851843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342642.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter proposes a corrective account of rhetorical leadership premised on pedagogy, rather than demagogy. It also provides these tentative thoughts as an invitation to start, rather than to ... More


The Anti-Intellectual Speechwriters

Elvin T. Lim

in The Anti-Intellectual Presidency: The Decline of Presidential Rhetoric from George Washington to George W. Bush

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195342642
eISBN:
9780199851843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342642.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter demonstrates the unanimity of opinion among speechwriters that simplicity is always preferred to complexity and justifies the operationalized link between a cult of rhetorical simplicity ... More


Cementing and Dissolving Consensus: Presidential Rhetoric during the Cold War, 1947–1969

Andrew L. Johns and Kenneth Osgood (eds)

in Selling War in a Media Age: The Presidency and Public Opinion in the American Century

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813034669
eISBN:
9780813038742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813034669.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

From the earliest days of the conflict until the collapse of the Soviet Union, U.S. presidents and their advisors worked to “sell” the Cold War to the American public with sustained rhetorical and ... More


The Manufacture of Consent

John Denvir

in Freeing Speech: The Constitutional War over National Security

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814720141
eISBN:
9780814785348
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814720141.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter examines the implications of the power of presidential speech for national security and for democratic government more generally. The president has a right to communicate his views on ... More


Callahan’s Legacy

Joe Street

in Dirty Harry's America: "Clint Eastwood, Harry Callahan, and the Conservative Backlash"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813061672
eISBN:
9780813051192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813061672.003.0005
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Despite his attempt to separate his life from his Dirty Harry screen persona, Eastwood remains unable to escape Callahan’s shadow. Eastwood’s later roles, often as a laconic outsider or law ... More


2 The Manufacture of Consent

John Denvir

in Freeing Speech: The Constitutional War over National Security

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814720141
eISBN:
9780814785348
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814720141.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter examines the implications of the power of presidential speech for national security and for democratic government more generally. The president has a right to communicate his views on ... More


Imperial Tutor: William McKinley, the War of 1898, and the New Empire, 1898–1902

Andrew L. Johns and Kenneth Osgood (eds)

in Selling War in a Media Age: The Presidency and Public Opinion in the American Century

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813034669
eISBN:
9780813038742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813034669.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter addresses President William McKinley's selling of the War of 1898, the overseas empire that resulted from that war, and the so-called Philippine Insurrection that followed. It focuses ... More


Political Responsiveness and Case Filings

Banks Miller and Brett Curry

in U.S. Attorneys, Political Control, and Career Ambition

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780190928247
eISBN:
9780190928278
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190928247.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Legal Profession and Ethics

This chapter investigates whether partisan control of the presidency and Congress is associated with how U.S. Attorneys (USAs) allocate their resources in filing cases across the issue areas we ... More


“Mckinley, the God of Fool Negroes”: Turner and the Presidential Election of 1900

Andre E. Johnson

in No Future in This Country: The Prophetic Pessimism of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781496830708
eISBN:
9781496830678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496830708.003.0005
Subject:
History, African-American History

Chapter 4 offers a rhetorical history of Turner's political career leading up to the 1900 campaign. Second, the chapter offers a rhetorical analysis of speeches and writings from Turner as he ... More


The “War on Terror” Narrative: Discourse and Intertextuality in the Construction and Contestation of Sociopolitical Reality

Adam Hodges

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199759590
eISBN:
9780199895335
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759590.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This book analyzes three types of data—presidential speeches, U.S. media discourse, and focus group interviews—to provide a longitudinal and holistic study of the formation, circulation, and ... More


Conclusion: War, Democracy, and the State

Andrew L. Johns and Kenneth Osgood (eds)

in Selling War in a Media Age: The Presidency and Public Opinion in the American Century

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813034669
eISBN:
9780813038742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813034669.003.0011
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

The preoccupation of America's modern presidents with public attitudes toward the nation's overseas commitments has not been confined just to incidents of hot war. The battle for the hearts and minds ... More


The ‘Obama Doctrine’ – Vision for Change?

Georg Löfflmann

in American Grand Strategy under Obama: Competing Discourses

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474419765
eISBN:
9781474435192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419765.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

The chapter explores how as President of the United States, Barack Obama was in a constant exchange with both political opponents and diverging voices within his own administration over defining ... More


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