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What We Can Learn from the President's Pastimes: A Discussion of Tevi Troy's New Book

Hudson Institute hosted a discussion of Hudson Visiting Fellow Tevi Troy’s new book, “What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House” on September 17, 2013.

History typically evaluates a president on his policies and decisions, whether they concern foreign policy, health care, the economy, or other various issues. It’s easy to forget that the president, too, is a person with distinct cultural tastes.  A president’s extracurricular activities and pastimes—music, theater, books, TV shows, movies, radio stations—can be just as telling as the “hard stuff” during his presidency. In fact, what presidents do in their free time can even influence their presidential decisions and the image they project to the nation.

Christopher Demuth Moderator

Distinguished Fellow, Hudson Institute, and former aide to the Nixon and Reagan White Houses

Jonah Goldberg Respondent

Columnist and author of New York Times Best Seller Liberal Fascism and The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat In The War of Ideas

Bill Galston Panelist

Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; regular columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and former aide to the Clinton White House

Mona Charen Panelist

Columnist , political analyst, and former aide to the Reagan White House

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