By Diane Rubenstein
In This isn't really a President, Diane Rubenstein appears to be like on the postmodern presidency from Reagan and George H. W. Bush, during the present management, and together with Hillary. targeting these probably inexplicable gaps or blind spots in fresh American presidential politics, Rubenstein interrogates symptomatic moments in political rhetoric, pop culture, and presidential habit to clarify profound and aggravating adjustments within the American presidency and how it embodies a countrywide imaginary.
In a chain of essays written in genuine time over the last 4 presidential administrations, Rubenstein strains the vernacular use of the yankee presidency (as forex, as grist for renowned biography, as fictional television fabric) to discover the ways that the yank presidency features as a “transitional item” that permits the yankee citizen to satisfy or realize the president whereas going approximately her way of life. The ebook argues that it truly is French thought basically Lacanian psychoanalysis and the unconventional semiotic theories of Jean Baudrillard that most sensible debts for American political lifestyles this day. via episodes as different as Iran Contra, George H. W. Bush vomiting in Japan, the 1992 Republican conference, the failed nomination of Lani Guinier, and the Iraq struggle, This isn't a President brilliantly situates our collective funding in American political culture.