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What President Obama Should Learn from His Predecessors
Tuesday, April 7, 2009

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Reception: 6:30 pm. Program: 7:00 pm
Admission: $15 • $10 for Institute Members Reserve Tickets
$35 Special Admission includes one copy of Recarving Rushmore $30 Members.
Location: The Independent Institute Conference Center, 100 Swan Way, Oakland, CA. 94621-1428
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Ivan ElandIvan Eland

Senior Fellow and Director, Center on Peace & Liberty, The Independent Institute; author, Recarving Rushmore: Ranking the Presidents on Peace, Prosperity, and Liberty
Andrew R. RuttenAndrew R. Rutten

Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Stanford University; Associate Editor, The Independent Review

Amid the current economic and financial crises, President Obama may do well to remember the men who have come before him. As we move toward his first 100 days in office, there is much that can be learned from George Washington, Martin Van Buren, Woodrow Wilson, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and others. Has the exercise of executive power protected civil and economic liberties? Have attempts to occupy and “nation-build” in the Mideast and elsewhere been successful? What about federal intervention in the economy?

Please join us as Ivan Eland, author of Recarving Rushmore: Ranking the Presidents on Peace, Prosperity, and Liberty, and political scientist Andrew R. Rutten examine these issues and highlight the historical “dos” and “don’ts” of the Oval Office.

Recarving Rushmore: Ranking the Presidents on Peace, Prosperity, and LibertyRecarving Rushmore: Ranking the Presidents on Peace, Prosperity, and Liberty

“In this well-written book, Eland offers readers insightful surveys of every president from Washington to Bush.”
David Beito, Professor of History, University of Alabama

“Recarving Rushmore is must reading for any serious student of the presidency or aficionado of the American Dream.”
Richard K. Vedder, Distinguished Professor of Economics, Ohio U.

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