The Pros And Cons Of President Woodrow Wilson: The Modern Presidency

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president or other members of the government to have to rely on popular oratory. They did not believe the president should constantly be on trial by the court of public opinion for everything he said. They wanted to “establish institutions which could operate effectively without the immediate support of the transient opinion” (242). The modern presidency is entirely different than what the founding fathers intended it to be. The president who set the modern presidency into motion was Woodrow Wilson, who was elected 1912. Wilson was the the first president to employ mass oratory, he changed the theme of presidential speeches, including the Inaugural Address and the Annual Address, which we now refer to as the State of the Union. Wilson “sought
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