Meet the Presidents

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  • 2008
    • 12/2/08
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      Senator Lyndon B. Johnson in his second and final appearance on Meet the Press. Johnson tried and failed to win the Democratic presidential nomination in 1960. Instead, he was chosen as a running mate by the man who beat him: John F. Kennedy. Here is vice-presidential candidate Lyndon Johnson. Introduced by Tim Russert.moreless
    • 2/18/08
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      Reagan challenges Gerald Ford for the GOP nomination.
    • 2/18/08
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      Former president Hoover, 22 years after leaving office.
    • 2/18/08
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      Texas Governor and presidential hopeful George W. Bush on Meet the Press in 1999.
    • 2/18/08
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      President Clinton on Iraq, in this 1997 Meet the Press appearance.
    • 2/18/08
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      Nixon's first appearance on Meet the Press.
    • 2/18/08
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      New CIA Director George H.W. Bush on Meet the Press in 1976.
    • 2/18/08
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      Ronald Reagan's first appearance on Meet the Press, as a candidate for California Governor in 1966.
    • 2/18/08
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      JFK's first appearance on Meet the Press.
    • 2/18/08
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      One day after announcing his candidacy for president in 1960, John F. Kennedy appears on Meet the Press.
    • 2/18/08
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      In office for just over a year, Gerald Ford becomes the first sitting president ever to appear on Meet the Press. But Ford was no stranger to the program; this was his eighth appearance, but his only one as president. Ford is candid about the turmoil then facing his administration. Introduced by Tim Russert.moreless
    • Part 4: 1865-1885
      Episode 02.18.08
      2/18/08
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      ANDREW JOHNSON to ARTHUR: 1865-1885 -- The Age of Reconstruction follows the Civil War. Three of the five presidents during this period are former generals of this war. Highlights include Johnson's impeachment trial, Grant's triumphs, the back room politics of Hayes, and Arthur's Civil Service reforms.
    • 2/18/08
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      Richard Nixon's final appearance on Meet the Press, 20 years after his previous appearance in 1968, and 14 years after his resignation. Nixon looks back on a remarkable political career, including his years as president, and the mistakes that forced him from office. Introduced by Tim Russert.
    • 2/18/08
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      Jimmy Carter makes big news in 1980, asking the U.S. Olympic Committee to boycott the Moscow Games unless the Soviet Union withdraws its troops from Afghanistan. They didn't, and the boycott was on. In this, his fifth of eight appearances on Meet the Press, Carter also discusses the ongoing Iran hostage crisis and the coming presidential campaign. Introduced by Tim Russert.moreless
    • Part 1: 1789-1825
      Episode 02.18.08
      2/18/08
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      WASHINGTON to MONROE: 1789-1825 -- During the heady days of the Constitutional Era, America's Founding Fathers set the future of a nation on its course. Washington helps define the Presidency that evolves through Monroe's administration, while Adams sees the country through the XYZ Affair and Jefferson signs the Louisiana Purchase.
    • Part 5: 1885-1913
      Episode 02.18.08
      2/18/08
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      CLEVELAND to TAFT: 1885-1913 -- During an era of unbridled economic growth called the Gilded Age, Cleveland becomes the first president to serve two non-consecutive terms, McKinley is assassinated, Teddy Roosevelt launches an all-out anti-trust assault on Big Money monopolies, and Taft becomes estranged from his mentor and friend, Teddy Roosevelt.moreless
    • Part 8: 1977 - Present
      Episode 02.18.08
      2/18/08
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      CARTER to GEORGE W. BUSH: 1977-PRESENT -- From the fall of the Berlin Wall to the inauguration of 2005, Carter suffers through an economic depression and the Iran Hostage Crisis; Reagan survives assassination, Iran-Contra, and the Strategic Defense Initiative; George Bush initiates the Gulf War; Clinton presides over a booming economy, sex scandals, and impeachment; and George W. Bush follows 9/11 with his cowboy Doctrine of Pre-emptive Strikes.moreless
    • Part 6: 1913 - 1945
      Episode 02.18.08
      2/18/08
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      WILSON to FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT: 1913-1945 -- While America emerges as a super-power, Wilson promises to "make the world safe for democracy," Harding's administration is wracked by scandal, Coolidge ushers the nation to a dangerous economic precipice that leaves Hoover with the Great Depression -- which finally ends as FDR leads the nation through WWII.moreless
    • Part 2: 1825-1849
      Episode 02.18.08
      2/18/08
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      JOHN Q. ADAMS to POLK: 1825-1849 -- In a period of rapid growth for the nation and contentious politics in Washington, Jackson heralds in the era of the Common Man and Manifest Destiny. Quincy Adams threatens to undo the virtues of American politics, while the economy tumbles during Van Buren's term. Harrison dies in office and Polk declares war on Mexico.moreless
    • Part 7: 1945-1977
      Episode 02.18.08
      2/18/08
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      RUMAN to FORD: 1945-1977 -- Truman leads the United States into the Atomic Age and the beginning of the Cold War. The most likeable president in U.S. history, and hero of D-Day, Eisenhower is followed by the youthful charisma of Kennedy, until his tragic assassination. LBJ finally pulls out of Vietnam, while Nixon resigns and Ford stumbles. Along the way the moon is reached.moreless
    • Part 3: 1849-1865
      Episode 02.18.08
      2/18/08
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      TAYLOR to LINCOLN: 1849-1865 -- The most volatile period in U.S. history leads to the American Civil War. From the rough style of Taylor -- the second president to die in office -- and the relative ineffectiveness of Fillmore and Pierce, to the near treason of Buchanan's administration, and Lincoln's shocking assassination.moreless
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