By Matthew T. Corrigan
If Hillary Clinton gained the Democratic social gathering nomination in 2008, it'll proceed a pattern of a Bush or a Clinton being on a countrywide presidential price tag for the final 28 years within the usa. by no means ahead of within the heritage of the country have households ruled the political strategy in this type of demeanour. This two-family domination has endangered the yank presidency as a consultant establishment and has allowed own, family members concerns to dominate policymaking at a very important time in American historical past. the issues with the Hillary Clinton crusade in 2008 and the present struggles of the second one Bush presidency may still supply pause to these american citizens who're considering a moment Clinton presidency or a 3rd Bush presidency. by way of studying the political careers of 3 trees (George H.W., George W. and Jeb) and Clintons (Bill and Hillary), this publication will spotlight the issues and the results of mixing the main robust political workplace on the earth with relatives legacies.
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Yet he recognized the need for strong central government, but he also recognized the need for humility and presidential restraint. Contrast Washington’s political actions of the day with current American leadership. As president, Washington refused his salary even though he did not have the money to pay for the carriage ride to New York to take the Oath of Office. By contrast, the Bush and Clinton families have economically benefited from their presidencies and political offices. Both former presidents Bush and Clinton make millions of dollars a year in speaking fees.
Bush, Douglas Wead, wrote an important memo to George W. Bush after his father’s 1988 presidential win. This memo detailed the lives of the children of presidents. This memo later became a book called All the President’s Children: Triumph and Tragedy in the Lives of America’s First Families. The book is an excellent summation of the impact that the presidency has had on the children of presidents. The book has sobering conclusions. 19 Wead reveals that even George W. Bush (son of a president) himself was concerned about the effect the presidency might have on his daughters.
Presidents and the presidency heavily impact presidential spouses. Many of these impacts bring up negative and difficult emotions. 32 Patricia Nixon was physically and mentally exhausted after the ordeal of Watergate. Betty Ford developed a serious drinking problem during Gerald Ford’s presidency after two failed assassination attempts on her husband. 33 Nancy Reagan became so protective of her husband after his assassination attempt in 1981 that she limited his public appearances as much as possible.