Chief White House Correspondent for U.S. News & World Report KENNETH T. WALSH — author of CELEBRITY IN CHIEF: A HISTORY OF THE PRESIDENTS AND THE CULTURE OF STARDOM

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
presents an author talk and book signing with
Chief White House Correspondent for U.S. News & World Report
KENNETH T. WALSH — author of CELEBRITY IN CHIEF:
A HISTORY OF THE PRESIDENTS AND THE CULTURE OF STARDOM 
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Henry A. Wallace Center at the
FDR Presidential Library and Home
HYDE PARK, NY — The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is pleased to present an author talk and book signing with Chief White House Correspondent for U.S. News & World Report KENNETH T. WALSH — author of CELEBRITY IN CHIEF: A HISTORY OF THE PRESIDENTS AND THE CULTURE OF STARDOM. The program will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home. Following the presentation, Walsh will be available to sign copies of his book. This event is free and open to the public.
CELEBRITY IN CHIEF: A HISTORY OF THE PRESIDENTS AND THE CULTURE OF STARDOM takes a detailed and comprehensive look at the history of America’s presidents as “celebrities in chief” since the beginning of the Republic. Walsh makes the point that modern presidents need to be celebrities and build on their fame in order to propel their agendas and rally public support for themselves as national leaders so that they can get things done.
Combining incisive historical analysis with a journalist’s eye for detail, this book looks back to such presidents as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln as the forerunners of contemporary celebrity presidents. It examines modern presidents including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, Franklin Roosevelt, and Theodore Roosevelt, each of whom qualified as a celebrity in his own time and place. The book also looks at presidents who Walsh says fell short in their star appeal, such as George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush, Richard Nixon, and Lyndon Johnson.
Among the special features of the book are detailed profiles of the presidents and how they measured up or failed as celebrities; an historical analysis of America’s popular culture and how presidents have played a part in it, from sports and television to movies and the news media; the role of first ladies; and a portfolio of fascinating photos illustrating the intersection of the presidency with popular culture.
Kenneth T. Walsh is the chief White House correspondent for U.S. News and World Report. He is the author of the daily blog “Ken Walsh’s Washington” for www.usnews.com, and “The Presidency,” a weekly column for the U.S. News Weekly. He has covered the presidency since 1986 and is one of the longest-serving White House correspondents in history. Walsh is the former president of the White House Correspondents’ Association and has served as an adjunct professor of communication at American University in Washington, DC. CELEBRITY IN CHIEF: A HISTORY OF THE PRESIDENTS AND THE CULTURE OF STARDOM is his seventh book.
Copies of Walsh’s book will be available for sale after the talk. Please contact Cliff Laube at (845) 486-7745 or email clifford.laube@nara.gov with questions about the event.

 

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