We talk with President Jefferson about an article written by John Dickerson of CBS regarding how difficult the office of the president has become. The article is titled “The Hardest Job in the World” and was published in this month's Atlantic magazine.
- The Atlantic: "The Hardest Job in the World" by John Dickerson
If you look at the before and after photographs of American presidents—all that vitality, including dark hair, health, and optimism—when they take the oath of office, and then the grayed-out, sunken-eyed, exit photos of mostly good men whose lives have been damaged by their time as president, whose lives have literally been shortened by the presidency, you wonder why anyone would want to reach that pinnacle of American life. When he was elected vice president in 1796, Jefferson said, in relief, "The second office of this government is honorable and easy, the first is but a splendid misery."
Read this week's Jefferson Watch essay, "The Price of Power."