By Diane Rubenstein
In This isn't 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. concentrating on these probably inexplicable gaps or blind spots in contemporary American presidential politics, Rubenstein interrogates symptomatic moments in political rhetoric, pop culture, and presidential habit to clarify profound and worrying 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 lines the vernacular use of the yankee presidency (as foreign money, as grist for renowned biography, as fictional television fabric) to discover the ways that the yank presidency services as a “transitional item” that enables the yankee citizen to satisfy or detect the president whereas going approximately her daily life. The e-book argues that it's French conception 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 really a President brilliantly situates our collective funding in American political culture.