Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Illusion of Power

Smith points out that it is often necessary for the President to be both credible and likeable; however, Smith begins to err when he continues his train of thought by making the following assertion:

“In short, power depends heavily on the illusion of power. Presidents—past, present, and future—have less power than the country images, but the successful ones convey the impression of power and get reputations as strong presidents by playing down their problems and trumpeting their few clear victories.” (56)

Although it is true that the illusion of power can fool most at a glance, the above statement is no longer applicable to visions of the President. Technology plays an ever-increasing role in our society and now there is constant scrutiny coming not only from major news sources, but also any type of media (such as a class blog). The media is pervasive and very cynical, with the President always the first to be targeted. The media often highlight what is unfavorable, because such news is controversial and eye catching. The President and politicians can no longer hide behind their accomplishments. Instead they are now eternally on the defensive, reminding Americans of all that they have accomplished.

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