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The Obama Presidency


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List of Illustrations Preface PART I. Introduction 1. Rating Presidents and Assessing Obama Robert P. Watson PART II. Character and Identity 2. Rhetoric and Image Casey Malone Maugh 3. Obama's Lincoln: Image to Ideology William D. Pederson 4. The Optimist and the Realist R. Ward Holder 5. Obamania in Europe Marie des Neiges Leonard PART III. Politics and Leadership 6. The First Hundred Days Sean Savage 7. Legislative Leadership Max J. Skidmore 8. The Firing of General Stanley McChrystal Douglas M. Brattebo 9. 2010 Midterm Election Matthew N. Green PART IV. Domestic Policy 10. U.S. Auto Industry Rescue Steven A. Stuglin 11. Environmental Policy and Global Climate Change Byron W. Daynes & Glen Sussman 12. Food and Agricultural Policy Julie A. Lester 13. Health Care Reform Michael K. Gusmano 14. Response to the Gulf Oil Spill Matthew A. Williams & Brian Richard PART V. Foreign Policy and National Security 15. Inherited Wars: Afghanistan and Iraq Tom Lansford & Jack Covarrubias 16. Iran Policy Robert J. Pauly 17. China Policy De-Yuan Kao 18. Counterterrorism Policy Leonard Cutler 19. Obama, Libya, and War Powers Louis Fisher PART VI. The Obama Administration 20. The Policy Czar Debate Justin S. Vaughn & Jose D. Villalobos 21. Unilateral Directives Graham G. Dodds 22. Vice President Joe Biden Richard M. Yon 23. First Lady Michelle Obama Robert P. Watson PART VII. Conclusion 24. Making History Douglas M. Brattebo & Robert P. Watson Appendix A: Barack Obama Biography Appendix B: The Obama Administration List of Contributors Index

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Robert P. Watson is Professor of American Studies at Lynn University. His many books include George W. Bush: Evaluating the President at Midterm (coedited with Bryan Hilliard and Tom Lansford) and Life in the White House: A Social History of the First Family and the President's House, both also published by SUNY Press. At the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, Jack Covarrubias is Assistant Professor of Political Science, and Tom Lansford is Professor of Political Science. Douglas M. Brattebo is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Hiram College.


"The chapters, by an interesting array of scholars, are well written and provide information about a wide array of topics related to the Obama presidency ... Highly recommended." - CHOICE "It is nice to see a book like this published, which examines the Obama presidency without all the vitriol or hate. The contributors do an excellent job of examining how well Obama has done as president in a scholarly manner ... This is a book for people who want a more balanced view of President Obama." - San Francisco Book Review "This book provides one of the most comprehensive examinations of the Obama presidency that I have seen. The scope of coverage is impressive." - Michael A. Genovese, Loyola Marymount University

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