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By Matthew T. Corrigan

If Hillary Clinton received the Democratic get together nomination in 2008, it is going to proceed a development of a Bush or a Clinton being on a countrywide presidential price ticket for the final 28 years within the usa. by no means prior to within the historical past of the state have households ruled the political strategy in one of these demeanour. This two-family domination has endangered the yankee presidency as a consultant establishment and has allowed own, family members concerns to dominate policymaking at an important time in American background. the issues with the Hillary Clinton crusade in 2008 and the present struggles of the second one Bush presidency may still supply pause to these americans who're considering a moment Clinton presidency or a 3rd Bush presidency. by means of analyzing the political careers of 3 trees (George H.W., George W. and Jeb) and Clintons (Bill and Hillary), this booklet will spotlight the issues and the implications of mixing the main strong political workplace on the planet with family members legacies.

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George H. W. Bush’s ambitions for higher office were well known, dating back to the 1960s. 28 George W. 29 These statements hide a strong political ambition. George W. Bush ran as a young unknown candidate in a congressional race in Texas in 1978. He stayed active politically throughout the 1980s assisting his father’s presidential ambitions. In 1994 against the advice of his own mother, he ran for governor of Texas against the well-liked incumbent, Ann Richards. There is nothing inherently wrong with ambition among public figures.

If Families Matter 33 presidents are impacted by their parents or spouses and siblings, it is logical to advance the simple point that presidents also affect their spouses and children to a great extent. In fact this impact may be far greater because of the considerable extra pressures that accompany family life under the shadow of the most powerful political position in the world. Having to conduct your family life in full public view creates considerable tensions and emotional stress. Franklin Roosevelt bluntly stated about his children: “one of the worst things in the world is to be a child of a President!

In sum, parents of presidents heavily affect their children’s presidencies. Children of presidents are also impacted heavily by their parent’s position. Thus, when children of presidents seek to become presidents themselves, family history and relationships will be crucial to the second presidency within the immediate family. The presidency with its large expectations is difficult enough without the additional pressures of dealing with family legacies. Is a presidential child who seeks to be president, someone who continually tries to gain his father’s approval?

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