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American POTUS

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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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POTUS Life Podcast

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POTUS Life Podcast

Steamboat Productions

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A little bit of bourbon, a little bit of history, and a whole lot of trying to figure out how to not say, "Washington" too many times in an episode. POTUS Life is podcast of indefinite length that digs into the lives of the almost all white, rich, and dead club of US Presidents. We explore what paths these dumb dumbs took to the Oval Office. The show starts with Washington and his gross teeth.
 
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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…
 
The U.S. was booming when William McKinley took office, and that opened the door to expansion, global expansion! Cuba, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Guam – they all became part of the U.S. in one form or another, a move that turned us into a true global power. He was easily reelected for a 2nd term, but it was cut tragically short by an ass…
 
John Tyler became the first VicePOTUS to become POTUS when his boss died after just 31 days in The White House. While the country and the Congress weren’t sure if he should even be in power, he took the reins and charged ahead at a full gallop. Displaying his own strategic vision and a healthy bit of confidence, he turned a lot of folks off. In fac…
 
Gerald Ford wasn’t elected President, he wasn’t even elected Vice President! But this all-around nice guy that everyone loved, just happen to be in the right place at the right time. When Nixon resigned and Ford stepped in, he inherited a huge mess both at home and abroad. So just a month after taking office, his first move was pardoning his old bo…
 
From the beginning, the job of President was supposed to be limited. Leadership skills were necessary, but the real decisions were to be made by Congress. As time rolled on, the office grew past its humble beginnings and became the most powerful in the world. On this episode, we get into the awesome responsibility of today’s Chief Executive – why t…
 
George Herbert Walker Bush was a WW2 pilot, Congressman, Ambassador, Vice President and President – his entire life was laser-focused on the service to his country! When he lost reelection and was forced into retirement, he saw the next opportunity to help the nation, eagerly stepping in when his voice and his actions would help the most. We'll sha…
 
Sir Winston Churchill's stubborn but smart political philosophies, combined with his distinctive way with words, inspired millions around the globe just when the world needed it most. But to strengthen and save his own country, he had to have a reliable ally in the White House, and it’s no secret – the Prime Minister could be a tough one to get alo…
 
Tensions had been getting worse for years. As the nation expanded, the fight over slavery in the new states caused this growing issue to flare up into a full-blown inferno. There was no turning back, and it was up to each President to see what they could do. They each tried to make peace and avert hostility, but in reality, they just kicked the pro…
 
Just like his father, John Quincy Adams was smart, ambitious and literally would not stop fighting until he achieved what he thought was right. His 1-term in the White House was a bust, but his post-presidency life as a Congressman – well that’s where he really made a difference. He was absolutely relentless, taking on slavery, women’s rights and N…
 
2 Presidents on the same team with the curious name, the Whig Party. For this brief moment of time in the mid-1800’s, it was the powerful and divisive home for Zachary Taylor and his VP Millard Fillmore. But just as soon as this party came to power, they disappeared due to infighting, regional division and…the impending Civil War! Old rough-n-ready…
 
William Henry Harrison found a fair amount of success on the battlefield, which turned into a successful career as a Governor, which turned into the first “modern” presidential campaign. Slogans, songs, and some creative spinning of the truth gave him the keys to The White House. But before he could really make a difference, his very long speech on…
 
From the outside, the White House appears to be a shining, peaceful center of American governance. But inside, there’s a rowdy history of backstabbing, slander, deception, cheating, double-crossing, scamming and swindling! But what do you expect when you combine powerful personalities with the most powerful office in the world?! The colorful charac…
 
As Americans began driving more and more, the need for gas was growing faster than our own supply. Next thing you know, we had to turn to the Middle East, which resulted in a whole different set of problems that still cross the President’s desk today. The administrations of Nixon, Ford and Carter – how they all tackled the problem with their own cr…
 
In 1952, Dwight Eisenhower's run at the Presidency was a sure thing, but who he would pick as his running mate – it was the question everyone had. After a lot of deliberation and consultation, he ended up picking a young, smart upstart from California to balance the ticket and get him ready for his own run at the White House. 2 of the most famous p…
 
In late 1918, World War 1 was winding down, but the fighting over what exactly peace would look like, was just getting started. Woodrow Wilson stepped in with 14-points that he thought would create lasting peace not just then, but for future generations. He faced an uphill battle though, getting our European allies and our own Congress to back the …
 
Chief Justice John Marshall was one of those guys, always in the middle of things - fighting alongside Washington, and helping create the constitution. But where he really shined, was when our 2nd POTUS asked him to sit on the Supreme Court. He took the new job and ran with it, creating new procedures used to this day, and most importantly, elevati…
 
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