The Elected: The Presidency & Congress
By Hedrick Smith Productions

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The Republican take-over of Congress in January 1995 was a seminal event in American politics. The "Republican Revolution," led by House Speaker Newt Gingrich, forced a national debate about the proper functionof the federal government. It also set-up an epic power struggle between the Executive and Congressional branches of government. THE PEOPLE &THE POWER GAME - THE ELECTED takes viewers inside that power struggle to answer the question: Can any one political leader run the American government from a single power base?

The Presidency
Americans have a mythology about the presidency. We cling to the ideal that every four years we can elect a single powerful leader to alter our nation's destiny. But is the modern Presidency as powerful an institution as Americans assume? Bill Clinton promised voters a revolution, but then struggled to pass his agenda even though his party controlled both houses of Congress. In interviews with Vice-President Al Gore, White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta and other key players, Hedrick Smith goes inside the Clinton Administration to examine how competing power centers have weakened the modern presidency.

Excerpts of Program Interviews:
Albert Gore, Vice-President of the United States
Leon Panetta, Clinton Chief of Staff
George Stephanopoulos, Clinton-Senior White House Advisor
Norm Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

The Congress
With a freshly elected and determined majority, House Speaker Newt Gingrich set out to reshape government in Washington and make the House of the Representatives the driving force of American government. But like Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich overread his mandate and ignored traditional power centers within the U.S.Congress. Hedrick Smith goes inside the "Republican Revolution" with interviews with Newt Gingrich, Bob Dole and several of the House Republican Freshmen who were the core of Newt's revolutionary army.

Excerpts of Program Interviews:
Robert Dole, (R-KS)
Newt Gingrich: Speaker of The House (R-GA)
Richard Gephardt, (D-MO)
Tom Daschle, (D-SD)
Tom Mann, The Brookings Institute

1997 Web Only Update

Since our original broadcast in September of 1996, several areas have received a great deal of attention from the public and the media. We offer several links that follow the themes developed in the original program.

President Clinton & Democratic Agenda

The 1997 State of the Union Speech outlining The Presidents vision for the next term.

The NewsHour White House Backgrounders for extensive coverage of White House issues.

The 53rd Inaugural Address by President Clinton.

Newt Gingrich & Republican Agenda:

The Republican response to the 1997 State of The Union as delivered by JC Watts (R-OK)

The Republican National Committee's "TalkingPoints" on various issues.

A link to all things Republican on the Web-put out by the Republican National Committee.

As we watched the Speaker maneuver his way out of the budget battle in 1995-6, we offer The NewsHour pages as a means of updating what the current issues that Speaker Gingrich faces each day. These reports can be found on the "Newshour Congress Backgrounders" pages.

A link to Newt Gingrich himself. This includes the speakers views on a variety of issues.


The Online NewsHour is launching an exciting year-long feature examining the workings of the 105th Congress. Join them @ The Capitol where they'll explore Congress from a variety of exclusive angles.


The line up in Congress and the White House, based on the final results of the 1996 Race as provided by PoliticsNow

Search Current Congressional Legislation on the Library of Congress Thomas.

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