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Public Psychology: The Legacy of History

TT*he analysis of every presidency is a story consisting of four overlapping parts. First, it is the story of a particular historical context and political time. Second, it is a story that unfolds within a particular institutional setting, a presidency which has either been strengthened or weakened by the actions of those who have occupied the office in the past. Third, it is a story of the public and its psychology-how people feel about their institu­ tions, their lives, and their prospects. Finally, it is a story whose central character is the president himself-with his abilities and limitations.