The Prospect of Presidential Rhetoric / Edition 1by James Arnt Aune, Martin J. Medhurst
Pub. Date: 01/28/2008
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Culminating a decade of conferences that have
In a time when the office of the nation's chief executive has come to be characterized as "the public presidency," the fundamental questions posed in this volume are more vital than ever. The focus of this important compendium is on the future of both presidential discourse and the discipline that studies such discourse.
Culminating a decade of conferences that have explored the dimensions of presidential speech, its context, and, to some degree, its effects, The Prospect of Presidential Rhetoric draws on the work of leading individual scholars and six task forces to assess progress and suggest directions for future research.
In Part One, following an analytic review of the field by Martin Medhurst, seven contributors address the state of the art in their own areas of special expertise. Roderick P. Hart then summarizes their work in the course of his rebuttal of an argument made by political scientist George Edwards: that the rhetoric of presidents lacks political impact.
The studies included in this work have the goal, as outlined by volume coeditor Medhurst, of examining "the current state of presidential rhetoric by focusing on some of the issues that George W. Bush, and presumably those who will follow him" must confront: religion and the state, the nature of the American Dream, the fight over Supreme Court nominations, and the rhetoric appropriate to respond to-and head off-terrorism.
Part Two of the volume consists of the forward-looking reports of six task forces charged with outlining the likely course of presidential rhetoric in the years to come, as well as the major questions scholars should be asking about it and the tools at their disposal. More than fortyscholars contributed to the task force reports.
Scholars and students of public discourse and the presidency will not want to be without this pivotal work. The Prospect of Presidential Rhetoric will serve as an important chart to the shifting landscape of American political leadership.
- Texas A&M University Press
- Publication date:
- Presidential Rhetoric and Political Communication Series, #18
- Edition description:
- New Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Table of Contents
Readings in Presidential Rhetoric
From Retrospect to Prospect: The Study of Presidential Rhetoric, 1915-2005 Martin J. Medhurst 3
Power and Authority in a Postmodern Presidency John M. Murphy 28
The Econo-Rhetorical Presidency James Arnt Aune 46
The Return of the Imperial Presidency Marouf Hasian Jr. 69
To Produce a "Judicious Choice": Presidential Responses to the Exercise of Advice and Consent by the U.S. Senate on Supreme Court Nominations Trevor Parry-Giles 99
The Rhetorical Presidency and the Myth of the American Dream Leroy Dorsey 130
Of Allies and Enemies: Old Wine in New Bottles or New Wine in an Old Jug? Marilyn J. Young 160
Revising the Cold War Narrative to Encompass Terrorist Threats: Vietnam and Beyond Carol Winkler 182
George W. Bush, Public Faith, and the Culture War over Same-Sex Marriage Martin J. Medhurst 209
Thinking Harder about Presidential Discourse: The Question of Efficacy Roderick P. Hart 238
Task Force Reports
Report of the National Task Force on the Presidency and Deliberative Democracy Robert B. Asen Diane M. Blair Stephen J. Hartnett Karla K. Leeper Jennifer R. Mercieca$dChair: Vanessa B. Beasley 251
Report of the National Task Force on Presidential Communication to Congress Michael A. Genovese Sharon E. Jarvis Craig Allen Smith Craig R. Smith Robert Spitzer Susan M. Zaeske$dChair: Mary E. Stuckey 272
Report of the National Task Force on the Presidency and Public Opinion George C. Edwards III Wynton C. Hall Christine L. Harold Gerard A. Hauser Susan Herbst Robert Y. Shapiro Ted J. Smith III$dChair: J. Michael Hogan 293
Report of the National Task Force on the Ethical Responsibilities of Presidential Rhetoric Karrin Vasby Anderson Frederick J. Antczak Thomas W. Benson Rita Kirk Whillock$dChair: Steven R. Goldzwig 317
Report of the National Task Force on the Theory and Practice of the Rhetorical Presidency Philip Abbott Davis W. Houck Mel Laracey Stephen E. Lucas Shawn J. Parry-Giles$dChair: David Henry 340
Report of the National Task Force on Presidential Rhetoric in Times of Crisis Martin Carcasson James M. Farrell Robert L. Ivie Amos Kiewe Kathleen B. Smith$dChair: Denise M. Bostdorff 355
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