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By Diane Rubenstein

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In This isn't a President, Diane Rubenstein appears to be like on the postmodern presidency — from Reagan and George H. W. Bush, during the present management, and together with Hillary. targeting these likely inexplicable gaps or blind spots in contemporary American presidential politics, Rubenstein interrogates symptomatic moments in political rhetoric, pop culture, and presidential habit to clarify profound and hectic adjustments within the American presidency and how it embodies a countrywide imaginary.

In a sequence of essays written in genuine time over the last 4 presidential administrations, Rubenstein lines the vernacular use of the yank presidency (as forex, as grist for renowned biography, as fictional television fabric) to discover the ways that the yankee presidency features as a “transitional item” that enables the yank citizen to satisfy or realize the president whereas going approximately her lifestyle. The ebook argues that it really is French conception — basically Lacanian psychoanalysis and the novel semiotic theories of Jean Baudrillard — that top bills for American political lifestyles this day. via episodes as varied as Iran Contra, George H. W. Bush vomiting in Japan, the 1992 Republican conference, the failed nomination of Lani Guinier, and the Iraq battle, This isn't a President brilliantly situates our collective funding in American political culture.

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