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David Gergen      

Senior Political Analyst, CNN

A trusted advisor to four presidents and to both political parties, David Gergen offers a bipartisan analysis of the Obama Administration, a Republican-controlled Congress, the 2016 Presidential election and what today’s headlines mean for the future of America.

A true public servant, David Gergen put his country above his personal politics, serving as an advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and then Clinton. Today he helps audiences break through ideological barriers to recognize simple and lasting political truths. Gergen's unique vantage point—serving as an Oval Office insider to presidents from different political parties—provides him with insights that few others can match. For more than 30 years, Gergen has been an active participant in American political life. He currently serves as editor-at-large of U.S. News & World Report, as director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and as a regular television commentator for CNN. Author of Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton and an upcoming book on presidential transitions, he offers an inside glimpse into the corridors of power and the leadership challenges presidents face, bringing clarity to the most complex international and domestic issues.

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The Press, The President and Public Policy

Television and the Internet have become indispensable tools for presidential leadership. In fact, the media is a primary institutional force an effective president must manage by cooperation, charm and persuasion. The Obama Administration’s future success will be partly measured by its ability to manage the media in order to communicate its legislative goals to the nation. The experienced journalist, presidential advisor and sought-after political analyst, David Gergen, shares with audiences:

  • His views on how the media impacts our nation’s policy focus

  • What the Obama administration must do to ensure the media does not resist Obama’s goals

  • Lessons to be learned from presidential media greats, such as Roosevelt, and mistakes to avoid

A Look at Issues Facing the Obama Administration, Congress and the Future of the Republican Party

Many questions remain unanswered regarding the future of the country—and both parties need take an active part in solutions to tackling the difficult issues ahead. What is the agenda for a second Obama Administration and will he be able to work with a divided Congress? On what issues will both parties be able to work together? Does the Tea Party movement have any staying power? Where is the country headed on education, energy, the environment, jobs and taxes? What is the future of the Republican Party? Uncanny in his ability to translate what is happening in Washington into how it will affect your audience, David Gergen sets his sights on the current political landscape. A trusted advisor to presidents of both parties and a leading commentator for more than two decades, Gergen offers unmatched perspectives on the future of America.

Eyewitness to Power: Leadership in America

From Nixon to Clinton, Watergate to Whitewater, few Americans have observed the ups and downs of presidential leadership more closely over the past thirty years than David Gergen. A White House adviser to four presidents, both Republican and Democrat, he offers a vivid, behind-the-scenes account of their struggles to exercise power and draws from them key lessons for leaders of the future. As the world's economic and political dynamics continue to evolve, a new age is ahead for America, but its realization will depend heavily upon the success of a new generation at the top. Drawing upon all his many experiences in the White House, he offers seven key lessons for leaders of the future. What they must have, he says, are: inner mastery; a central, compelling purpose rooted in moral values; a capacity to persuade; skills in working within the system; a fast start; a strong, effective team; and a passion that inspires others to keep the flame alive.

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