Obama and the Myth of Presidential Control (The New York Times)

The New York Times logoA common criticism of presidents, particularly during their second term in office, is that they have lost control, writes Dartmouth’s Brendan Nyhan in a recent Upshot blog for The New York Times.

“Under favorable circumstances, presidents seem to be in command of events, but that’s largely a reflection of the context they face,” says Nyhan, an assistant professor of government. “It’s not hard to seem in control when the economy is booming, the president’s party has a large majority in Congress, or the nation is rallying around the president after a national tragedy. Once unfavorable circumstances arise, though, even the most accomplished chief executives seem to lose control.”

Read the full opinion piece, published 7/24/14 by The New York Times.

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