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Les présidents américains et le sport : pouvoirs de l'exercice et exercice du pouvoir, de Theodore Roosevelt à Barack Obama

Abstract : From Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama, most US presidents have established close ties with sport. They either put on public display their ability and taste for sport, or used it as a political prop to mold their persona as the nation’s close and manly leader. The article first questions the significance of sporting culture in the presidents’ biographies laying emphasis on its media use. It then argues that the essence of the “sports president” is a construct that needs reexamining from the standpoint of the ulnerable presidential body, PR fiascos or Olympic policies. Following the inquiries of the new presidential studies (Zelizer, 2002), the third part is devoted to the intersections between sport, the daily reality of executive power and the formative years of US presidents.
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Peter Marquis. Les présidents américains et le sport : pouvoirs de l'exercice et exercice du pouvoir, de Theodore Roosevelt à Barack Obama. Histoire@politique: politique, culture, société, Centre d'histoire de Sciences Po, 2014, Cultures sportives et cultures politiques. Le cas des chefs d'Etat et de gouvernement dans le monde au XXe siècle, 23 (2), pp.10. ⟨10.3917/hp.023.0010⟩. ⟨hal-02061245⟩

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