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On Leadership: The Presidents Club


WHEN: Thursday, July 12, 2012 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET

WHERE: Bipartisan Policy Center, 1225 Eye St. NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC, 20005

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Continuing its “On Leadership” Speaker Series, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) welcomed Michael Duffy, co-author of The New York Times best-seller, The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity. He explored what defines presidential leadership and how the partnership between various sitting and former Presidents has shaped the trajectory of the United States. In a time of increasing polarization, Duffy discussed the unique bond Presidents share and how the willingness to seek advice from predecessors has allowed Presidents to learn from past mistakes and cross party lines to work towards common goals.

Discussion moderated by:

John Fortier
Director of the Democracy Project, BPC


Michael Duffy
Washington Bureau Chief, TIME Magazine

View the event transcript

Selected video segments

  • Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover (6:19-10:20)
  • Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon (10:20-13:56)
  • Why presidents of opposite parties get along better than presidents of the same party (16:50-18:53)
  • The post-presidency of Jimmy Carter (18:54-22:33)
  • The club’s room of redemption (22:36-25:00)
  • The Bush connection (27:56-30:08)
  • Obama and the Reagan model (37:00-39:48)
  • Audience question and answer (42:20-1:01:30)