#1287 The Hardest Job

I don’t think that it’s very useful to compare the burden of the presidency of 1803 … with the burden of the presidency in your time.
— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson

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.

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Further Reading

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The Price of Power

The Jefferson Watch

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."

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What Would Jefferson Do?

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I’m glad that the executive branch has been allowed to be sovereign in its own duties.
— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson

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