Edward L. Glaeser
Does US need another imperial president like Lyndon Johnson?
The latest volume of Robert Caro’s biography of Lyndon Johnson lays out how the 36th president used his influence to get Congress to pass major legislation. It also raises an obvious question: Do we need a similarly imperial president to solve today’s intractable problems? Maybe not — the value of an imperial presidency depends entirely on what the occupant of the Oval Office decides to focus on.