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The Hardest Job in the World by John Dickerson

When it comes to presidential politics, the last two decades have been a doozy.

It is difficult to talk about the past twenty years without unraveling into a political debate, so I will abstain. However, if you read The Hardest Job in the World, you will walk away with a better understanding of the position, and anyone holding the position is pretty much doomed to fail.

The presidency was created out of necessity and not desire. The founding fathers wanted to avoid the pitfalls of power and avoid the possibility of a new monarchy. When the Articles of Confederation failed miserably, the new U.S. Constitution was established that brought us the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of the government. As time went on, the purpose of each branch adjusted – for better or for worse.

The President of the United States has become the most important role. When the government needs to be nimble, the President is a perfect position. When the government needs to be careful and deliberate, the President is a liability. When the government needs to be nimble and deliberate, then it all comes crashing down.

We award the position to a person who campaigns the best and not the most qualified person. We prize quick thinking despite long-term benefits. Somehow, we have created a job everyone person wants but no one can perform.

If you love presidential history, this is a fun book. There is a political lean in the book, but I think the author makes some very good points with the examples listed.

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