But, Obama certainly isn't the first U.S. president to seek guidance from a stable of advisors on how to run the country. In a recent interview with Time Magazine, TAMU Press author Jim Pfiffner, a presidential historian at George Mason University, explains
Time paraphrases: 'Every Administration has defined its czars differently, but generally speaking, they are appointees, not confirmed by the Senate, who help coordinate issues across agencies. These advisers cannot make decisions themselves; instead, they whittle down the options to present to the President.'The article goes on to discuss Franklin D. Roosevelt's "brain trust" and the structures of various presidential cabinets, dating back to the administration of President George Washington.
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Pfiffner is author of three books with Texas A&M University Press, The Character Factor: How We Judge American Presidents (2004), Intelligence and National Security Policymaking on Iraq: British and American Perspectives (2008), and The Managerial Presidency (1999).
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