Every new president raises many questions in the public mind. Because Barack Obama was a relative newcomer to the national political scene, he raised more questions than most. Would he prove to be a pragmatic centrist or would his politics of hope ultimately flounder on the rocky shoals of America’s deep political divisions? What of his leadership style? How would the uncommonly calm character he demonstrated on the campaign trail shape Obama’s political style as commander-in-chief?
Based on extensive biographical, psychological, and political research and analysis, noted political psychologist Stanley Renshon follows Obama’s presidency through the first two years. He digs into the question of who is the real Obama and assesses the advantages and limitations that he brings to the presidency. These questions cannot be answered without recourse to psychological analysis. And they cannot be answered without psychological knowledge of presidential leadership and the presidency itself. Renshon explains that Obama’s ambition has been fueled by a desire for redemptionhis own, that of his parents, and ultimately for the country he now leads, which has enormous consequences for his choices as president of a politically divided America.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
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About the Author
Stanley A. Renshon is a Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York, Herbert Lehman College and the Graduate School and University Center. He is the author of over 100 articles and sixteen books and is a certified psychoanalyst.
Table of Contents
PART I: FOUNDATIONS 1: The Early Obama Presidency: From Campaigning to Governing 2: The Puzzle of Obama’s Political Identity 3: The Arc of Ambition and the Development of a Style PART II: UNDERSTANDING THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY 4: Obama’s Presidential Leadership: Transformation and Redemption 5: The Moral Thrust of Obama’s Ambition: Fairness 6: The Question of Leadership Integrity 7: Ambition’s Confidence 8: A Zen-like President’s Emotional Undercurrents 9: Psychology in the White House PART III: THE FUTURE OF THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY 10: Transformation’s Demise and the Redemption of the Obama Presidency Appendix A: Analyzing Barack Obama: A Note on Theory, Method, Evidence and Inference Appendix B: A Mysterious President: Puzzlement from the Left, Right and Center