chapter  21
The Presidency and Impression Management
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The focus of attention in American politics has for many years been on the presidency, its incumbents, and those who desire and aim for it. That focus is easily found in the works of political scientists and historians, in the products of the graphic and video media, in the anticipations and observations of the citizenry, and in the responses of foreign leaders and countries. It seems almost unnecessary to add that that attention has been magnified and concentrated since the tragedy of United States involvement in Vietnam, the deceptions and abuses of power of Lyndon Baines Johnson and Richard Milhous Nixon. Watergate, the White House tapes, impeachment hearings, and the ultimate resignation of Nixon.