We are obsessed with the presidency at American POTUS. We believe that the 46 imperfect patriots who have held our nation’s highest office all have something to offer today’s electorate – a perspective that appropriately grounds today’s political conversations in truth and context. To help us reveal the many layers of each administration, we’ll be joined by the nation’s most influential historians, scholars and experts who have studied every facet of the presidents and the presidency. Not only will we cover the crucial decisions that changed the world but also the humor, hobbies and quirks that give us a captivating sense of each American POTUS.
The 232 year evolution of The Presidency
From the beginning, the job of President was supposed to be limited. Leadership skills were necessary, but the real decisions were to be made by Congress. As time rolled on, the office grew past its humble beginnings and became the most powerful in the world. On this episode, we get into the awesome responsibility of today’s Chief Executive – why those that get the job, find it just as frustrating as it is powerful.
The Post-Presidential Service of POTUS 41
George Herbert Walker Bush was a WW2 pilot, Congressman, Ambassador, Vice President and President – his entire life was laser-focused on the service to his country! When he lost reelection and was forced into retirement, he saw the next opportunity to help the nation, eagerly stepping in when his voice and his actions would help the most. We'll share stories of calm political perspective, dedication to national service, and a deep commitment to family and a good bit of fun!
The POTUS & The Prime Minister
Sir Winston Churchill's stubborn but smart political philosophies, combined with his distinctive way with words, inspired millions around the globe just when the world needed it most. But to strengthen and save his own country, he had to have a reliable ally in the White House, and it’s no secret – the Prime Minister could be a tough one to get along with! Winston Churchill and his relationship with our presidents – how he worked with them, and created lasting friendships with them, on this episode of American POTUS!
6 Presidents who failed to stop Civil War
Tensions had been getting worse for years. As the nation expanded, the fight over slavery in the new states caused this growing issue to flare up into a full-blown inferno. There was no turning back, and it was up to each President to see what they could do. They each tried to make peace and avert hostility, but in reality, they just kicked the problem down to the next guy. 6 different Presidents, 1 disastrous issue that resulted in Civil War, on this episode of American POTUS!
The Post-POTUS Political Life of JQ Adams
Just like his father, John Quincy Adams was smart, ambitious and literally would not stop fighting until he achieved what he thought was right. His 1-term in the White House was a bust, but his post-presidency life as a Congressman – well that’s where he really made a difference. He was absolutely relentless, taking on slavery, women’s rights and Native American rights. In fact, he pushed so hard his enemies tried him for treason just to try and shut him up…which thankfully, never worked! Old Man Eloquent, John Quincy Adams is on this episode of American POTUS!
Taylor, Fillmore & The Disappearance of The Whigs
2 Presidents on the same team with the curious name, the Whig Party. For this brief moment of time in the mid-1800’s, it was the powerful and divisive home for Zachary Taylor and his VP Millard Fillmore. But just as soon as this party came to power, they disappeared due to infighting, regional division and…the impending Civil War!
Old rough-n-ready Zachary Taylor, his successor Millard Fillmore and The Whig Party!
This podcast is one of the best reasons to sit still and listen to people talk, even if you don’t know them personally. Thanks, gents!
I listened to all of the Washington Post’s podcast called Presidential and now onto American POTUS. I am enjoying learning the intimate backstory on our presidents. I like the rhythm and various vantage points for each one. The guests on this podcast bring a great perspective. Scott and Alan are wonderful hosts. The series is well produced and highly informative. Thank you
A really great show. Informative, yet sexy.