Narrated by veteran CBS News correspondent Lesley Stahl, Mandate examines the long and complex relationship between the presidency and public opinion. Leading historians, political scientists, and public figures offer insight into presidents and the presidency from George Washington through FDR.
Viewing Questions
How do you understand the term mandate?




What did the Framers use to elect the president and what does that suggest about the relationship between the president and the people?




In what ways did Andrew Jackson reshape the connection between the president and the people?





What are some of the ways that Abraham Lincoln expanded the powers of the president?





How would you describe the role that presidents played from Lincoln through McKinley?



How did Teddy Roosevelt change all that?




What is one significant impact that Franklin Roosevelt had on the office of the president?