Presidents Creating the Presidency: Deeds Done in Words. University of Chicago Press, 2008.

Cover of the book Presidents Creating the Presidency at Annenberg School for Communication ASC UPenn
Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Karlyn Kohrs Campbell
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Arguing that “the presidency” is not defined by the Constitution—which doesn’t use the term—but by what presidents say and how they say it, Deeds Done in Words has been the definitive book on presidential rhetoric for more than a decade. In Presidents Creating the Presidency, Karlyn Kohrs Campbell and Kathleen Hall Jamieson expand and recast their classic work for the YouTube era, revealing how our media-saturated age has transformed the ever-evolving rhetorical strategies that presidents use to increase and sustain the executive branch’s powers.

Deeds Done in Words: Presidential Rhetoric and the Genres of Governance was originally published in 1990.