President Obama

Washington, Lincoln and FDR are revered as leaders who helped shape the course of history. They are often referred to as “great” presidents. But is it possible to have a great president today? And is greatness a quality that Americans even want in their chief executive?

Aaron David Miller examines the history of the U.S. presidency to explore those questions in his book, The End of Greatness.  In the book, Dr. Miller makes the case that greatness as a presidential virtue is largely overrated – and that it occurs too infrequently to be relevant to current politics.

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With an executive order this week, President Obama is seeking to require background checks on most gun sales. Until now, the checks haven't been required for sales by small vendors. This is sometimes referred to as the “gun show loophole.”

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