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Riding The Tiger

“I discovered that being a President is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep on riding or be swallowed.” Harry S. Truman

A Ted Kennedy & Fidel Castro Meeting?

What if Ted Kennedy met Fidel Castro? It almost happened...

Fidel Castro as a “Landlord”

Aerial View of Gitmo's desalination plant

Aerial View of Gitmo’s desalination plant

As we reflect on Castro's death, we look at a forgotten crisis, just two years after the Cuban Missile Crisis

Miller Center Senior Fellows

First class of Miller Center Senior Fellows brings experience, perspective to contemporary governance challenges

Khizr Khan conversation draws hundreds of UVA students and thousands more online

Students began lining up for the Miller Center's American Forum conversation with Muslim American gold star father Khizr Khan around 4:00 PM. By 6:30, hundreds were waiting with anticipation in the Old Cabell Hall auditorium to hear an electric interview conducted by Forum host Douglas Blackmom, as hundreds more watched online via Facebook Live.

If you missed it, we invite you to watch the entire event now.

Escaping Quagmires: Ted Kennedy and the 2003 War in Iraq

Senator Kennedy greets Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld before attending a hearing of Senate Armed Services Committee (2005)

Senator Kennedy greets Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld before attending a hearing of Senate Armed Services Committee (2005)

Senator Ted Kennedy's former colleagues, staffers, and constituents discuss the Senator's efforts to oppose the war in Iraq.

Escaping Quagmires: Ted Kennedy and the Vietnam War

Ted Kennedy and John Kerry on the Mall, April 21, 1970. Photo by Sheldon Ramsdell

Ted Kennedy and John Kerry on the Mall, April 21, 1970. Photo by Sheldon Ramsdell

Senator Ted Kennedy's former staffers and colleagues discuss the evolution of the Senator's position on the war in Vietnam.

Ted Kennedy and Health Care Reform

Ted Kennedy attends a health care hearing with First Lady Hillary Clinton

Ted Kennedy attends a health care hearing with First Lady Hillary Clinton

On the 7th anniversary of the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy, the Miller Center looks back on the Senator's career-long efforts to improve the nation's health care system.

Inside Account: Bill Clinton and Welfare Reform

Bill Clinton Signing Welfare Reform Bill

What were Bill Clinton and his advisers' thoughts as they tried to "end welfare as we know it?"

Are Athletes Underrepresented in American Politics?

Former Congressman and HUD Secretary Jack Kemp

Earlier this week, former Boston Red Sox pitcher, Curt Schilling, announced his intentions to challenge Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for her Senate seat in 2020.  Between this announcement and the Olympics winding down, it seems appropriate to take a look at the history of professional athletes in American politics

Ted Kennedy and Promoting Peace in Northern Ireland

Senators Ted Kennedy and Chris Dodd with Gerry Adams

Former aides and foreign leaders discuss Kennedy's work in Northern Ireland

The Element of Experience

The 2016 Nominees, with Former President Bill Clinton

In Philadelphia on Monday evening, actress Eva Longoria praised Democratic nominee, Hillary Rodham Clinton, as the “most qualified presidential candidate ever!”  Such sentiments are generally to be expected at party conventions, but can such claims be backed up by the historical record?

Ted Kennedy Remembers the 1980 Democratic Convention

As Bernie Sanders speaks at the 2016 Democratic Convention, read when the last time a major Democratic candidate ran against another back in 1980.

Unity through Rhetoric? Party Conventions and Primary Contestants

Teddy Roosevelt Addressing the Republican Convention

The Republican National Convention is now only a few days away.  For the first time since 1976, there are rumblings of a potential rebellion among the delegates and signs that the Republican Party is as fractured as it has ever been since the Reagan Revolution. One of the surest of these signs is Trump’s inability to attract top-tier speakers, especially among his former competitors.

Which of these presidents thought that “government is the problem?”

I was turned off by his statement, ‘Government is not the answer to the problems; government is the problem.’ I didn’t agree with that. I’ve always thought that every major problem facing the United States cannot be solved without the full and active support of the United States government, and that far from being the problem, government is our only hope to deal with the healthcare crisis, the environmental crisis, educational problems, and other things. So that turned me off right at the beginning.

—George McGovern on the 1980 presidential election, Edward M. Kennedy Oral History

Ted Kennedy and the Fight for Civil Rights

Ted Kennedy's former colleagues and staffers discuss his work fighting for civil rights over the course of his 47 years in the U.S. Senate.