Presidents have been forced to calculate whether they want to be men of the people...or men of somewhat higher understanding.
On this edition of Up to Date Steve Kraske sits down with author Tevi Troy for a look at how popular culture has shaped the presidency. From Jefferson’s grounding in philosophy to Obama’s mastery of Internet culture, they examine who was best, or worst, at navigating a president's need to connect with the average citizen through the culture of the day.
- Tevi Troy is the author of What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House. He’s a past deputy director of Health and Human Services and a frequent television and radio analyst.