Synopsis by Alice Day
Because the presidency symbolizes the highest leadership in the nation, Americans want to view the president as a heroic individual who is much larger than life. In the past, military leaders have been drawn to the office, in part because the president is also known as the commander in chief of the armed forces. In The American President: The Heroic Posture, George Washington, W.H. Harrison, Ulysses S. Grant, and Dwight D. Eisenhower are scrutinized against this heroic ideal.
President, hero, armed-forces, commander, forces [military], ideals, political-leader, political-power, US-government, US-Presidents, legacy