More than any other modern president, George W. Bush has sought to consolidate and expand the power of the presidency itself. In recent books, two authors examine this phenomenon from two different perspectives. In How Bush Rules, Sidney Blumenthal, renowned journalist and former adviser to President Clinton, argues that President Bush’s expansive views of executive power make him the most radical president in American history. In How Would a Patriot Act?, Glenn Greenwald, a constitutional lawyer and self-described independent, explains how he came to believe that “the concentrated and unlimited power now claimed by President Bush constitutes a true crisis for the United States.” Join these two distinguished writers in a discussion with Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Mark Agrast.
Sidney Blumenthal, former Assistant and Senior Adviser to President Clinton, author of How Bush Rules: Chronicles of a Radical Regime
Glenn Greenwald, constitutional lawyer and author of How Would a Patriot Act? and the political blog “Unclaimed Territory”
Mark Agrast, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress