The Anti-Intellectual Presidency : The Decline of Presidential Rhetoric from George Washington to George W. Bush

The Anti-Intellectual Presidency : The Decline of Presidential Rhetoric from George Washington to George W. Bush

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Why has it been so long since an American president has effectively and consistently presented well-crafted, intellectually substantive arguments to the American public? Why have presidential utterances fallen from the rousing speeches of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Wilson, and FDR to a series of robotic repetitions of talking points and sixty-second soundbites, largely designed to obfuscate rather than illuminate? In The Anti-Intellectual Presidency, Elvin Lim draws on interviews with more than 40 presidential speechwriters to investigate this relentless qualitative decline, over the course of 200 years, in our presidents' ability to communicate with the public. Lim argues that the ever-increasing pressure for presidents to manage public opinion and perception has created a qpathology of vacuous rhetoric and imageryq where gesture and appearance matter more than accomplishment and fact. Lim tracks the campaign to simplify presidential discourse through presidential and speechwriting decisions made from the Truman to the present administration, explaining how and why presidents have embraced anti-intellectualism and vague platitudes as a public relations strategy. Lim sees this anti-intellectual stance as a deliberate choice rather than a reflection of presidents' intellectual limitations. Only the smart, he suggests, know how to dumb down. The result, he shows, is a dangerous debasement of our political discourse and a quality of rhetoric which has been described, charitably, as qa linguistic struggleq and, perhaps more accurately, as qdogs barking idiotically through endless nights.q Sharply written and incisively argued, The Anti-Intellectual Presidency sheds new light on the murky depths of presidential oratory, illuminating both the causes and consequences of this substantive impoverishment.... The formula also accompanies the spelling- and grammar-check functions in Microsoft Word and is expressed as: Grade Level = (.39 ... Illustrated 63 New York Daily News 60 Atlantic Monthly 57 Time 52 Newsweek 50 Wall Street Journal 43 Harvard Business Review ... Readability Scores Translated into School Grades School Level Score 5th grade 90a€“100 6th grade 80a€“90 7th grade 70a€“80 8tha€“9thanbsp;...


Title:The Anti-Intellectual Presidency : The Decline of Presidential Rhetoric from George Washington to George W. Bush
Author: Elvin T. Lim Assistant Professor of Government Wesleyan University
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 2008-05-16
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