The book examines the rhetorical presidency in the context of the nineteenth century, and includes 11 chapters demonstrating the rhetorical behavior of early presidents, as well as three introductory chapters examining alternative approaches to the rhetorical presidency from both political science and communications perspectives. Tulis revisits the argument of his 1987 book, and, while admitting his earlier underappreciation of McKinley as a rhetorical president, he maintains that his main point is still valid - that by the twentieth century, presidents' use of policy address to cultivate popular support changed the original conception of the office by depriving the legislature of its deliberative function.
Before the Rhetorical Presidency Karen S Hoffman Presidential Studies Quarterly; Mar 2010; 40, 1; Docstoc pg. 191 Reproduced with perm
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