The American Presidency: Heroes, Statesmen, Philanderers, and Fools - The American Presidency in Popular Culture

March 25, 2008

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Werewolves roam the White House.  A president is assassinated on the streets of Chicago.  Another president dukes it out with terrorists aboard Air Force One.  Explore the American presidency as it has been depicted in television and film – from fictional characters like West Wing's Josiah Bartlet to fictionalizations of real presidents in Birth of a Nation and the internet sensation JibJab.  Although primarily intended to entertain, Chicago History Museum historian, Sarah Marcus' depictions will also offer criticism, praise, and alternative visions of contemporary political life.  What images do they create, and what insights can we gain about American politics and culture.

Chicago History Museum's annual American History series explores the forces that shape us as citizens of a democratic society.  The 2008 series is examining the nation's highest office – the presidency. Listen in as CHM celebrates various interpretations of our nation's leaders over the past two centuries.
 
Recorded Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at Chicago History Museum.