With this US government shutdown, will President Obama have a showdown like the one between President Clinton and the 104th Congress?

US Government Shutdown 2013 - Tough Times for the President
US Government Shutdown 2013 – Tough Times for the President

What will President Obama do now in the face of the US government #shutdown? Will he act like his predecessor “Bill Clinton, who stared down the 104th Congress in a government shutdown and demonized Newt Gingrich in the process”? (Ryan J. Barilleaux and Jewerl Maxwell, Tough times for the President: Political Adversity and the Sources of Presidential Power [Amherst, N.Y.: Cambria Press, 2012], 19). In fact, some similarities can be seen given that “[t]he results of the ‘showdown’ between Clinton and the 104th Congress were a partial shutdown of the federal government, record lows in congressional concurrence with the president, and various actions to assert Clinton’s political relevance and autonomy from legislative constraints” (ibid., 56).

This must-read book by Dr. Barilleaux and Dr. Maxwell (published just last year) is, as Dr. Raymond Tatalovich, professor of political science at Loyola University Chicago praises, “the perfect book for our times.”

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This book is in the Politics, Institutions, and Public Policy in America book series by Scott Frisch and Sean Kelly.

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