The President and the Presidency

The President and the Presidency

The President and the Presidency

The President and the Presidency

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In April, 1947, I gave a series of six lectures under the sponsorship of the Charles R. Walgreen Foundation at the University of Chicago on the subject, "The President and the Presidency." Now that more than two years have elapsed since these lectures were spoken, it has been decided to publish them. During the time intervening between the spoken word and the preparation for printing, many things happened that now are clear to my hindsight, but which were veiled to my foresight.

A tremendous number of things would affect in greater or less degree what I might say on the subject of the President and the Presidency if I were talking in the summer of 1949 instead of the spring of 1947. First and foremost among these things that happened was, of course, the Presidential election of 1948. That event in itself carried in its train many happenings of related import.

Faced with the problem, after this lapse of time, of preparing the spoken lectures for publication, it seemed to me that I had three choices.

One was to do the speeches over again in the light of my present knowledge. To have done that would have been to change from the spoken to the written word. This would have compelled me to turn from consultation of my memory, reinforced by slight reading, to a task in historical research for which I have no taste. It would, in any case, have obliged me to depart from my original purpose of talking about the President and the Presidency, and to go into a subject I wished to avoid--the conflicts and frictions among the three great branches of the American government.

Another course which I considered was the writing of a post-

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