Style and the Intellectual Origins of the Constitution
Forrest McDonaldStreaming Video - 1988
The debate goes back to the earliest days of the presidency. When George Washington chose for himself the modest title, "Mr. President," John Adams was furious; Adams believed that our highest official ought to have a title that reflected the pomp and circumstance of his position-"Your Mightiness," maybe, or at the very least "Your Elective Highness. " To this day, we can't always decide whether it's more important for our chief executive to look high and mighty, or to know how to keep the machinery of government running. Professor of History Forrest McDonald has spent his career plumbing the intellectual origins of the American Constitution. He believes in pomp and circumstance; the ceremonial function of the presidency, he says in this program with Bill Moyers, is as important as the earthly practicalities of governing the country.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Public Affairs Television (Firm), 
Copyright Date: ©1988
Branch Call Number: STREAMING VIDEO
Characteristics: video file,rda 1 online resource (1 video file (27 min., 25 sec.)) : sound, color
Alternative Title: Forrest McDonald