After two months of lame duck leadership, America is ready to swear in its new president. But how far will the winds of change blow us? Historically, even the best-laid presidential plans have been held up by economic, military, and legislative constraints. JFK, for example, promised a New Frontier, but his foreign policy was rooted in 1950s Cold War strategies. So what difference do presidential transitions really make? Why do we mark time by presidencies when key historical events often have little to do with them? Which transitions have brought real change?
"BackStory With the American History Guys"--a new call-in public radio show hosted by Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh--wants to hear from you. Send us your ideas, questions, and stories about the meaning of presidential transitions, and you can join the History Guys on the air! Visit www.backstoryradio.org and leave us a message...
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