Watch this video from the Miller Center’s October 2 Town Hall meeting for a more detailed analysis of the recent Washington Post/Miller Center poll results and impressions from audience members about the state of the American Dream.
President Carter said in an interview from a Habitat for Humanity construction site on Monday that Americans' prospects for the future are not as rosy as they were thirty years ago when he was in office. He pointed to increasing income disparity--which he noted is two times as great as it was during his administration-- and a lack of affordable housing as two of the reasons Americans felt less assured about the future.
Politicians from both sides of the aisle may court the middle-class in their rhetoric, but a Miller Center/Washington Post poll reveals that Americans are unconvinced that politicians are looking out for them.
It is a question gaining increasing attention from American families in the face of sky-rocketing tuition costs and an increasingly competitive job market for recent graduates. According to a recent Washington Post/Miller Center poll, the answer is increasingly "no."
LBJ discusses the need for 'better schools, better health, better homes, and better training" to cure the symptoms of poverty and prevent them in the future during his 1964 State of the Union Address. Almost 50 years later, 65% of Americans still worry to some degree that their total family income will not be enough to meet their expenses and bills.
Read the full story and interactive results of aWashington Post/Miller Center Poll released this weekend that explores Americans’ changing definition of success and their confidence in the country’s future. The poll results will serve as a starting point for the Milstein Symposium: Ideas for a New American Century, a Miller Center initiative bringing together policymakers, business leaders, scholars, and journalists to advance ideas for rebuilding the American Dream.
Is it education? security? opportunity? something else?
Click here to take the poll and see how others are responding.
Participants at the Miller Center's Town Hall meeting on October 2 will include the following experts: MARTIN BARON, executive editor of The Washington Post; THOMAS A. HIRSCHL, co-author of "Chasing the American Dream: Understanding What Shape Our Fortunes"; and JENNIFER MARISCO, a researcher at the American Enterprise Institute. The Miller Center's DOUGLAS BLACKMON will moderate. The town hall, which begins at 6 pm, will focus on a soon-to-be-released Washington Post/Miller Center poll on the American Dream and what it means today.
Join the conversation by attending the televised event that will be broadcast on over 100 PBS stations nationally.
As we wind down summertime and get back to school and work, lets all pause a moment to be jealous of President Coolidge's three-week vacation to the Black Hills in 1927. He reportedly enjoyed the fresh air and mountain streams so much that he stayed for a total of three months, and his presence helped to kick start the carving of Mount Rushmore.
By the end of summer 1927, work was beginning on the famous Rushmore carving. Coolidge's full address from the opening can be read in our speech archive, but he remarks that "The fundamental principles which [these four presidents] represented have been wrought into the very being of our Country. They are steadfast as these ancient hills."
Stay tuned! Every Friday we'll highlight a whimsical item from presidential history.
On April 15, 1910, Taft pitched the ball to Washington Senators' pitcher Walter Johnson from his seat along the sidelines. They went on to beat the Philadelphia Athletics in a 3-0 shutout.
Stay tuned! Every Friday we'll highlight an interesting item from presidential history.
In this clip from Nixon's first inaugural address, he urges the American public and the government to focus attention and funds on domestic concerns. He warns against the nation's citizens "falling asleep" and sacrificing the promise of the American Dream.
Republican presidential nominee Ronald Reagan urges against "betraying the trust and goodwill of American workers who keep [the country] going" in this acceptance speech at the 1980 Republican National Convention.
The Miller Center will host a public launch event for the Milstein Symposium on October 2 at 6:00 pm. The format will be a Town Hall meeting bringing together leading scholars and journalists to explore critical questions regarding the American Dream: What does it mean today? What are the present challenges to achieving it? How can we restore it? Speaker details will be announced here soon.
One month later, on September 4, Betty Ford held her first press conference as first lady of the United States. She faced 75 reporters. According to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum,
"…Betty Ford immediately revealed the openness and good-natured candor that became her trademark. …. Expressing herself with humor and forthrightness on controversial issues of the day, she answered questions about women in politics, abortion rights, and a proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer later that month, she broke with social conventions by fostering public discussion of her diagnosis and treatment. In doing this, she purposefully raised public awareness of screening and treatment options and reassured the many women already suffering from similar ordeals."
As President Obama heads off to Camp David, check out these great photos of past presidents enjoying the Maryland retreat.
Camp David, known formally as the Naval Support Facility Thurmont, is the President’s country residence. Located in Catoctin Mountain Park in Frederick County, Maryland, Camp David has offered Presidents an opportunity for solitude and tranquility, as well as an ideal place to host foreign leaders.
Adapted from the federal employee retreat Hi-Catoctin, President Franklin Roosevelt established the residence as USS Shangri La, modeling the new main lodge after the Roosevelt winter vacation home in Warm Springs, Georgia. President Eisenhower subsequently renamed the institution in honor of his grandson David.