(0) items

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.

Personality and Politics : Obama for and Against Himself



Pub. Date:
Cq Pr
List Price: $29.00

Rent Textbook



Only three copies
in stock at this price.

Buy Used Textbook

In Stock Usually Ships in 24 Hours.

Buy New Textbook

Usually Ships in 7-10 Business Days


Downloadable Offline Access
  • Apple Devices
  • Android Devices
  • Windows Devices
  • Mac Devices

More New and Used
from Private Sellers
Starting at $0.31

Questions About This Book?

Why should I rent this book?

Renting is easy, fast, and cheap! Renting from can save you hundreds of dollars compared to the cost of new or used books each semester. At the end of the semester, simply ship the book back to us with a free UPS shipping label! No need to worry about selling it back.

How do rental returns work?

Returning books is as easy as possible. As your rental due date approaches, we will email you several courtesy reminders. When you are ready to return, you can print a free UPS shipping label from our website at any time. Then, just return the book to your UPS driver or any staffed UPS location. You can even use the same box we shipped it in!

What version or edition is this?

This is the edition with a publication date of 3/15/2011.

What is included with this book?

  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any CDs, lab manuals, study guides, etc.
  • The Used copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. Typically, only the book itself is included.
  • The Rental copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. You may receive a brand new copy, but typically, only the book itself.
  • The eBook copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. Typically only the book itself is included.


Renowned presidential scholar Stephen Wayne takes a close look at the interplay of personal character, partisan politics, and public opinion on presidential decision-making. In this systematic study of President Obama's character, Wayne considers how Obama's policy beliefs and operating style fueled his meteoric success as a candidate, but have had a decidedly mixed impact on his governance as president. Arguing that character matters, Wayne shows that Obama's personal dimensions both contribute and detract from his policy achieve-ments and political goals.Taking into account the environment in which President Obama took office, the book looks at how he has dealt with burdens, such as the troubled economy, the polarized political climate, and the public's mistrust of government. He sets the study of Obama within the larger literature on presidential character and explores the broader questions surrounding presidential leadership in a democratic society-whether presidents lead or follow public opinion, the extent to which leadership skills make a difference, and the kind of policy and political impact presidents can have in the twenty-first century.

Table of Contents

Boxes, Figures, and Tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Presidential Character: An Introductionp. 1
A Disciplinary Dilemmap. 3
Character and Its Derivativesp. 5
Organization of the Bookp. 9
Character Development
Race and Rootsp. 14
Ambition and Politicsp. 18
Adaptation and Approvalp. 20
Ego Checks and Guiltp. 24
Summaryp. 26
Basic Beliefs
Commonality as a Valuep. 32
Church and Communityp. 35
Government and Societyp. 38
Progressive Pragmatismp. 44
Summaryp. 46
Operating Style
Cognitionp. 52
Decision Makingp. 54
Organizationp. 57
Communicationp. 60
Conciliationp. 64
Summaryp. 65
Character-Based Tensionsp. 71
Idealism Versus Pragmatismp. 73
Direction Versus Delegationp. 74
Vision Versus Compromisep. 76
Rationality Versus Empathyp. 77
Boldness Versus Cautionp. 81
Summaryp. 82
Political Impedimentsp. 87
Transitioning from Campaigning to Governingp. 89
The Limits of Presidential Powerp. 97
Public Attitudes toward Governmentp. 102
Summaryp. 104
Leadership Dilemmas in a Democracyp. 109
Obama' s Theory of Democratic Leadershipp. 111
The Bully Pulpit and Its Limitsp. 112
Obama's Practice of Democratic Leadershipp. 117
Summaryp. 121
The Interaction of Personality and Politics: Three Case Studiesp. 125
Stimulating the Economyp. 127
Reforming Health Carep. 129
Winning the War in Afghanistanp. 137
Summaryp. 143
Bibliographyp. 149
Indexp. 153
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

Please wait while the item is added to your cart...