As President Barack Obama winds down his eight years in the White House and President-elect Donald Trump prepares to be inaugurated on Friday, TIME History asked a variety of experts to weigh in on a question: How do you think historians of the future will talk about on his time in Office? Where will he fit in the ranks of presidents past?
As a scholar of U.S. history, I have studied the many cases in which presidential nominees, particularly judges, have failed to gain Senate confirmation. However, according to the Senate Historical Office, there were four cases since 1970 in which a Senate controlled by the president’s party did not confirm the president’s nominees.
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President Mary Dudziak speaks at the SHAFR luncheon at the American Historical Association Meeting in Denver, January 2017.
Stephen Wertheim at the University of Cambridge writes in Foreign Affairs on "Trump and American Exceptionalism: Why a Crippled America Is Something New"
Historian at the Department of State and author of "Behind the Gas Mask: The US Chemical Warfare Service in War and Peace," I also edit publications for the Society for History in the Federal Government. I was formerly the history and political science teacher at the US House of Representatives Page School, and have earned fellowships from the Chemical Heritage Foundation and the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers. My PhD was earned at George Washington University, and my BA is from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.
Daniel Bessner is the Anne H.H. and Kenneth B. Pyle Assistant Professor in American Foreign Policy in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. Daniel’s first book, entitled Democracy in Exile: Hans Speier and the Rise of the Defense Intellectual, is under contract with Cornell University Press. He is also co-editing a book with Nicolas Guilhot provisionally entitled The Decisionist Imagination: Sovereignty, Social Science, and Democracy in the Twentieth Century, which is under advance contract with Berghahn Books.
Heidi Tworek works on the history of news and international organizations. Her current book project explores how Germans exploited new wireless communications technology to overturn international news supply in the first half of the twentieth century. She manages the United Nations History Project (www.unhistoryproject.org), the premier scholarly site on the history of international organizations. Heidi has published over a dozen articles in academic venues.