Chapter 6: Obama and the Public Presidency: What Got you Here Won't Get you There
Obama and the Public Presidency: What Got you Here Won't Get you There
It's always nice to get out of Washington—at least for a little bit—and to come to places like this. The climate is nicer. So is the conversation sometimes [Laughter]. So I am looking forward to taking your questions and hearing about your concerns.
President obama's wry observation about the ways of Washington highlights an important presidential leadership strategy: getting out of town. By “going public,” in Samuel Kernell's phrase, presidents seek ways to go above and get around Washington insiders by establishing a direct relationship with the electorate.1 The White House's “permanent campaign” ...