By Tevi Troy
From Cicero to Snooki, the cultural impacts on our American presidents are strong and considerable. Thomas Jefferson famously acknowledged "I can't stay with out books," and his library sponsored up the declare, later changing into the spine of the recent Library of Congress. Jimmy Carter watched enormous quantities of films in his White apartment, whereas Ronald Reagan starred in a number of in his personal time. Lincoln was once a theater-goer, whereas Obama kicked again at domestic to a couple episodes of HBO's "The Wire."
America is a rustic equipped by means of thinkers on a starting place of rules. along vintage works of philosophy and ethics, besides the fact that, our presidents were encouraged by means of the books, videos, television indicates, viral movies, and social media sensations in their day. In popular culture and the yank Presidents: From Pamphlets to Podcasts, presidential pupil and previous White apartment aide Tevi Troy combines examine with witty statement to inform the tale of the way our presidents were formed via pop culture.
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At the grand opening of a “new venture,” an aquarium, even accompanied by a band, Max takes center stage, giving orders to an architect and facing down a bemused coach (Andrew Wilson) who is wondering what happened to his baseball diamond. Max’s motivation here is to produce another project for Miss Cross, that is, to show his maturity and substance as a lover, but even with such problematic motivation, he still makes things happen. It is only when Dr. Guggenheim rushes up with a policeman that proceedings are brought to an abrupt halt, signaled by a sudden cut and a thunder sound effect.
There are some superficial similarities (both get drunk and both have a family bereavement in their background, but Max’s life is completely circumscribed by school, whereas Caulfield is striving to understand the adult world, and his place in it, which he regards with cynicism. Caulfield is also expelled but seeks life experiences outside school (including an aborted meeting with a prostitute and an ambiguous, possibly flirtatious touch from former English teacher Mr. Antolini, which is light-years away from Max’s hopelessly adolescent attempted seduction of Miss Cross).
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