It takes extraordinary courage to be President of the United States. The person occupying the First Office is subject to criticism from all sides of the political spectrum. No matter what decision is made there is always opposition and it's been that way since the first President took Oath of Office. Political parties, the public, and lobbyists are often fickle and the Presidents have to make hard choices that they think are in the best interest of the country. They have to show courage in the face of opposition that in some cases may cost them the Presidency. This course is an on-going discussion of Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989. This third class session will focus on Teddy Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt.
Required Text: Presidential Courage by Michael Beschloss