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American POTUS

Scott Brun & Alan Lowe

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We are obsessed with the presidency at American POTUS. We believe that the 46 imperfect patriots who have held our nation’s highest office all have something to offer today’s electorate – a perspective that appropriately grounds today’s political conversations in truth and context. To help us reveal the many layers of each administration, we’ll be joined by the nation’s most influential historians, scholars and experts who have studied every facet of the presidents and the presidency. Not on ...
 
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From Washington to Buchanan, the first group of guys to head up our new nation were not just dealing with an exciting new job, they were also figuring out what that new job should or shouldn’t be. As the growing pains of our fragile country developed deep divisions both domestically and internationally, each man’s hand was forced. They were require…
 
In mid-June of 1972, Richard Nixon was riding high. After just 1-term, the country was getting along better with each other and with our global frien-enemies. His reelection was all but certain. But after a sloppy burglary of the Democratic headquarters in Watergate, and the chaotic cover-up that followed, our 37th POTUS’s 2nd term fell into a tail…
 
World War 1 had just wrapped up, and the nation was desperate for a “return to normalcy”. So who’s more normal than Warren Harding, a small town newspaperman from the Midwest? He was elected in a landslide and seemed to have a fairly successful presidency. But after he got sick and died in office, trouble started bubbling to the surface. It seems, …
 
While in office, we debate and critique just about everything a POTUS does. When they pass on, either in office or long after, the conversation about their policies might lighten up a bit, but the controversy rolls on. Washington’s last wishes, Adams and Jeffersons divine timing, Lincoln’s eventual resting place, Reagan’s final closing scene. They …
 
This son-of-a-peanut-farmer could have easily laid down his roots on the land he grew up on. But great things were calling him far removed from the Georgia countryside. A graduate of the Naval Academy, a Governor, a President, the man just kept achieving amazing things no one thought possible! But a rough economy here at home and trouble abroad bro…
 
The Watergate cover-up and the resignation. To this day, they are the first things we remember when it comes to our 37th POTUS. But take away the emotional pre-conceived notions, and what do we discover? A man with a modest background, a complicated personality and a drive-to-succeed that was off the charts. Leave what you thought about Richard Nix…
 
World War 1 was building steam in Europe, with the British and the French desperately doing all they could to get the U.S. involved. But before America could take up arms on the European battlefield, 3 progressive political heavyweights were battling it out here at home, trying to win over public opinion. It's the fascinating story of 1 past POTUS,…
 
About 5 years into President George W. Bush's War on Terror, things were not going well. The war in Iraq was failing and The President was getting pressure from all sides, including his own, to pull out and call it quits. But instead, he doubled-down, increasing the number of troops and rethinking how those troops would be used. It ultimately turne…
 
American POTUS is proud to present a special preview episode of our brand new show, American FLOTUS! Just like our highly successful series on the history of the presidency, this podcast will include national experts, facts and important perspective to the amazing women who have served as First Lady. We have a lot of terrific guest experts lined up…
 
American POTUS is proud to present a special preview episode of American SCOTUS! Just like our highly successful series on the history of the presidency, this podcast will present national experts, facts and important perspective to the highest court in the land. We have a lot of terrific guest experts lined up for future episodes, so be sure to su…
 
Grover Cleveland is the only President to serve 1 term, leave the White House, then return for a 2nd term. His 2 presidency’s were politically rough; a depressed economy, overzealous corporations, and railroads steaming out of control. But there’s another challenge he dealt with, a more personal, health-related challenge. And somehow, someway, this…
 
The pressure of living and working in The White House can be immense, so pouring a glass of beer, wine or whiskey every now and then to relax and unwind, it’s understandable. But to each President, his own. Over time, some may have drunk too much, some not at all, and some cleverly using a well-crafted cocktail…or two… as yet another political tool…
 
Martin Van Buren just might be the most important President you don’t really know much about. Governor, Senator, Secretary of State, VicePOTUS, and POTUS – this man’s resume is long and impressive. After this lifetime of politics working toward The White House, he had the bad luck of dealing with a nasty financial crisis that ended his presidency n…
 
Our young, vibrant 35th President’s career path was both fast and fascinating. He was born into a prominent Massachusetts family, served heroically in World War 2, beat the odds to become a 3 term U.S. Congressman and then served as a U.S. Senator. But his journey wasn’t all smiles and fairy tale stories. He faced an incredible amount of challenges…
 
Memorials, Statues, Office Buildings, even Houses – Washington D.C. is a living, breathing, constant reminder of the office of The Presidency. Everywhere you look, there’s something that honors the best and brightest of the past and all the moving parts of our present-day POTUS! We’re revealing the strange stories and outrageous details behind D.C.…
 
A long line of our nation’s first President's all tipped a drink, gobbled up some food and danced the night away at the very historic Gadsby's Tavern in Old Town Alexandria Virginia. And while having a good time was important, it was also the place where some of our early nation’s most famous founding fathers got down to business. They met to hear …
 
The pressures of the presidency can be overwhelming, especially when your own nation is entangled in a Civil War. To recharge himself, Abraham Lincoln and his family would often retreat to a secluded cottage, less than 4 miles from The White House. It doesn’t seem like a long way, but it was world’s away from the hustle and trouble of D.C. What he …
 
The Library of Congress sits in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol itself, a prominent location that serves a distinct purpose, to remind us of the importance our forefathers put on having an educated nation. Walk in the doors, and it’s clear this library is unlike any other. A vast collection of over 170 million books, videos, maps, audio files, and a…
 
The National Mall has been called “America’s Front Yard”, an iconic place where our most notable Presidents are honored for their service. But to get a spot on the mall is a tough get – it’s one of the rarest and most valuable pieces of real estate in the world. To make it happen, it ironically comes down to fundraising and politics – something the…
 
As a youngster, he was never satisfied with his own formal education, so as a grown-up he never turned down the chance to feed his curiosity, gobbling up anything he could find on Soldiering, Farming or even Governing. And by examining his incredible personal collection of books and artifacts, you can easily see how this passion turned him into a s…
 
It was the center of George Washington's 8,000 acre farm, the iconic mansion that he and his family called home. Never fully satisfied with the place, the General was always tinkering with it, adding on, modifying, redecorating, making the place function for not just the first family but also the revolving door of visitors from around the world. We…
 
Every time his country called George Washington reluctantly said yes, packed his bags and hit the road. But through all the times he was away, his thoughts always returned to his pride and joy, Mount Vernon. The General’s intensity and focus to this special place was for good reason, it was much more than a home, it was his business – a 24/7/365 Vi…
 
Theodore Roosevelt is one of the most influential accidental presidents this nation has ever had. Domestically he pushed the Square Deal to help average citizens, and internationally it was all about The Panama Canal and brokering peace - but all of that was just a drop in the bucket! During his time in office, he accomplished a lot more than most,…
 
Breaking out of Abraham Lincoln’s shadow would’ve been tough for anybody, much less a Southern Democrat who struggled with his own sense of racism. Regardless, Andrew Jackson now had the job and had to deal with Civil War Reconstruction – no easy task. It didn’t take long for this stubborn accidental President to make a lot of political enemies, bu…
 
George W Bush walked into the White House dialed in on domestic issues, but after 9/11, all attention turned to the chaotic war on terror. To begin with, the country was fully behind him, but the long drawn out fight eventually took its toll on the public’s patience. Mix in a financial collapse and a natural catastrophe, and his national support wa…
 
Thomas Jefferson was an overachiever who accomplished some pretty major things in his life, wrote the Declaration of Independence, Secretary of State, Governor, Vice President and President. But when your career maxes out, guys like Jefferson don’t just go home and retire quietly. To keep himself occupied, he turned his energy toward creating a Uni…
 
POTUS Franklin Pierce may not be top-of-mind when you think about the Presidency, but just like the All Star’s of the White House, his decisions and plans were terribly consequential. At the top of the list, how he dealt with the raging debate over slavery. Both sides saw him as a compromiser, but were frustrated when his attempts to please everyon…
 
Sure, Dwight Eisenhower led the charge to end World War 2, but leading the nation from The White House was a whole new test for him. Like any good General, he did it by assessing each situation, coming up with a good plan, enabling qualified people to help him, and then sharing the success with all those involved – something not typically in the D.…
 
After taking office, George Washington sensed a bit of trouble. Our recently unified country was on the brink of falling apart into 13 individual pieces. Something had to be done, and as usual, he stepped up. His strategy, giving the citizens a chance to see him, and giving him a chance to see the citizens. Months and miles went by, and like so man…
 
Our Constitution lays out 3 branches of government, with all of them holding power to check on each other just to make sure no one gets a little out of hand, including the President! Over time, some in the Executive Branch have pushed this rule book to the breaking point, but so far, it’s held strong. A credit to the framers who came up with it to …
 
James Madison may have been physically slight, but his influence as a founding father is off the charts! He took on the creation of our constitution and the Bill of Rights. And when he got the keys to the White House from his buddy Thomas Jefferson, he was faced with a whole new confrontation, going to war…again…with the British Army. But through a…
 
William Howard Taft was the hand-picked successor by Theodore Roosevelt himself. But after just a couple years in The White House, their tight relationship fell apart, and Taft’s run for a 2nd term became the target for TR’s political attacks. And what did all of this inner-party feuding do…it caused them both to lose! Taft was out, but his story w…
 
Benjamin Harrison followed in the path of his POTUS Grandfather, calling Indiana home, serving in the military, the Senate and the White House. While he won the presidency in a squeaker, he was way more successful than Grandpa, modernizing the navy and pushing for African-American voting rights. But just when he got things going, this grandson POTU…
 
For dignitaries around the world, it’s the hottest invitation you can hope for – a state dinner in your country’s honor at 1600 Pennsylvania avenue. But the First Family can’t possibly pull it off on their own. There’s an incredible White House staff that balances these important dinners with all the other party’s their expected to throw, like birt…
 
From George Washington on, several Presidents called for a day of Thanks, but no specific holiday was ever locked in. Along came The Mother of Thanksgiving, a determined woman who pushed one particular POTUS to make this holiday of reflection and gratitude a permanent part of our nations calendar. Pilgrims, Parades and Presidential Pardons - we’re …
 
Out of a complicated family childhood, Barack Obama would find the passion and purpose to help others in southside Chicago. As his political career gained momentum, he was invited to take the stage at the ’04 DNC Convention, igniting a national obsession with his fresh look of optimism and hope. He went on to become President, not only changing nat…
 
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson worked together to build our nation, but as individuals, they were worlds apart. Adams was a blunt Massachusetts lawyer who sparked intense arguments every time he spoke his mind. Jefferson was a slippery and quiet Virginia planter with controversial and conflicting views on slavery and government. 2 men, 2 vastly di…
 
Our Founding Fathers were far from perfect, a group of men that each brought their own radical ideas and stubborn 18th century traditions. But one man stood out from the group as indispensable, displaying quiet confidence, shrewd determination, and incredible personal strength. George Washington was the one POTUS that never wanted to be POTUS, but …
 
In 1823, our nation was growing up as fast as it could, but the world’s global powers were changing just as fast - no one knew who was a rival and who was a trusted friend! It was clear, our new nation had to do something to keep up, so POTUS 5 and his cabinet created what would become the most critical piece of international policy for not just th…
 
The British had left, and the Revolution was won, but the freedom that was fought so hard for, was in danger of a mighty implosion! The 13 states were still thinking like 13 separate states, and if our new nation was to survive, it would take something special…someone special to get the government on the right track. Politics, Personalities, and Pe…
 
Everyone needs a good buddy, especially when the weight of the nation is squarely on your shoulders. Sure, Presidents have cabinet members, advisors and pollsters to help them work through problems, but the unfiltered advice from a trusted friend may be the most valuable counsel a Chief Executive can get. We’ll get to know the Pals to the POTUS thr…
 
Many consider Abraham Lincoln the nation’s greatest President. A man of strong judgement, consistent leadership, and a humble, passionate focus on the common man. These distinctive abilities did not always come to him easily. Behind every critical decision and unforgettable speech, was a personal struggle to come up with the right strategy and the …
 
1 year, 50+ episodes, 50+ remarkable historians, 47+ hours of content...and most importantly - thousands & thousands & thousands of downloads from great fans like you. We’re celebrating our 1st Birthday with a look back at our favorite episodes, a test of POTUS Trivia, and what we have planned for the future! (we think you're going to like it!) HBD…
 
Harry Truman was a smart, humble, confident midwestern VP who woke up one day to find himself running the country! But it was no time to sit back and let issues and policies just play out. He faced one of the most tumultuous periods in global history, wrapping up a world war and attempting to manage a new cold war. We're looking at the personal sid…
 
The men and women of The Secret Service put their lives on the line, regardless of who the president is, what party he’s from, and how many enemies he has out there. For the POTUS, it’s part of the job, where you go, they go. And that’s where it can get tricky, balancing the importance of national security with private, family time. They don’t alwa…
 
James Monroe dropped out of college to join the Continental Army, fighting alongside Washington in some of the most famous fights of the Revolution. From there, he became qualified, immensely qualified to take over the White House. And the nation agreed, giving him 80% of the vote the first term, and winning a nearly unanimous victory for his 2nd t…
 
The story of Ulysses S. Grant is an All-American tale - a physically small and modestly ambitious young lad from rural Ohio, grows up to lead the Union to victory and wins the White House for a full 2 terms. Of course, the nation’s top historians have written this story, but the best version is notably by Grant’s own pen. His memoirs not only revea…
 
POTUS John Adams was a crotchety, stubborn, out-spoken lawyer who just might be the MVP of the Founding Father team! He used the power of his mind and his sharp tongue to inspire our revolution and help create the constitution. He became President under tough conditions, never quite able to get out of the long shadow of George Washington. He lost h…
 
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