Obama’s First 100 Days: Too Much Freight on the Truck?


Jonathan Alter, Lou Cannon, and Robert Dallek discuss whether or not President Obama is rushing his legislation in an overly-ambitious first quarter. "Starting well is no guarantee of success," says Cannon.

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An insider's look at what it takes to set up a White House staff and how to get things accomplished, featuring a conversation about several 20th Century presidents with several biographers and historians, including Jonathan Alter, Robert Dallek, and Lou Cannon. - National Constitution Center

Jonathan Alter is a senior editor at Newsweek, where since 1991 he has written an acclaimed column on politics, history, media, and society at large. He is also an analyst and contributing correspondent for NBC News. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with his wife and three children.

Louis Cannon is an American non-fiction author and biographer. He is the most prolific biographer of US President Ronald Reagan, having written five books on him.

Robert Dallek, born May 16, 1934, is a prominent American historian with a specialism of American Presidents. He is a Professor of History at Boston University and has previously taught at Columbia University, UCLA and Oxford. He has won the Bancroft Prize and numerous other awards for scholarship and teaching.

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