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What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 by Tevi Troy

By Tevi Troy

From Cicero to Snooki, the cultural affects on our American presidents are strong and considerable. Thomas Jefferson famously stated "I can't stay with out books," and his library subsidized up the declare, later changing into the spine of the hot Library of Congress. Jimmy Carter watched thousands of flicks in his White apartment, whereas Ronald Reagan starred in a couple of in his personal time. Lincoln used to be a theater-goer, whereas Obama kicked again at domestic to a couple episodes of HBO's "The Wire."

America is a rustic outfitted through thinkers on a starting place of principles. along vintage works of philosophy and ethics, in spite of the fact that, our presidents were prompted by way of the books, video clips, television indicates, viral movies, and social media sensations in their day. In popular culture and the yank Presidents: From Pamphlets to Podcasts, presidential student and previous White condo aide Tevi Troy combines examine with witty remark to inform the tale of ways our presidents were formed by way of pop culture.

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For instance, we often think that it's good that evildoers suffer. We think that it's good that people get what they deserve, and vicious people deserve pain (or suffering). Because virtuous persons love good things, they may love to see a vicious per­ son in pain-a virtuous person can actually want a vicious one to suffer, and be pleased when he does suffer. And if wanting someone to suffer or being pleased that someone is suffering is the same thing as hating him, virtuous people can hate. Batman is just such a case.

Twenty-five thousand people waited over five days to be rescued from the Superdome; National Guard troops turned people away from refuges in those later days; hotels turned people out onto the streets; and the sheriff of Jefferson Parish closed the greater New Orleans Bridge to refugees, emphasizing that the suburbs would not fall into the chaos. 7 It is also noteworthy that one of the first institutions to be restored in the first week was a makeshift jail. Hobbes's "state of nature" seemed to be alive and well.

It is a long road to the city's healing, to a restoration of the law and order that existed before the earthquake. Batman's ultimate goal is this reestablishment of order; thus, it is extremely important that he reconcile with Jim Gordon, who previously distanced himself from Batman, feeling betrayed by the Batman's absence those first months. Batman's ongoing relationship with Jim Gordon emphasizes that he is not an isolated vigilante, a law unto himself. He seeks to uphold social justice, and to that end he works closely with Jim Gordon and is also more in tune with the GCPD than at odds with it.

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