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Obama: Lessons learned will guide second term

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Learning on the job is a theme President Obama returns to with some frequency, not just because journalists press him to describe his mistakes in the last four years, but because Americans living through tough economic times want to know how Obama might apply the lessons of his first term if re-elected.

Are businessmen better presidents?

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It's one of Mitt Romney's favorite lines: America needs a businessman in the White House. It's "a basic qualification" for the job, he said in his speech at the Republican convention last month, "one that's essential to [the] task."

Obama makes case for 2nd term: ‘harder’ path to ‘better place’

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President Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for a second term on Thursday night, making a forceful argument that he had rescued the economy from disaster and ushered in a recovery that would be imperiled by a return to Republican stewardship.

4 years later, scarred but still confident

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He warned them in 2008, and when he formally opened his re-election campaign in May, he put it in his speech again. He will “never be a perfect president,” he said, a line he now repeats at stop after stop. The unspoken subtext: It’s not my fault if you didn’t listen or expected too much.

Portrait Unveiling Reunites Bushes and Obamas

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"What would George do?" became a White House laugh line Thursday as three presidents gathered in the East Room for what President George W. Bush jovially described as his "hanging." The official unveiling ceremony for the portraits of the 43rd president and first lady Laura Bush included warm appreciations for peaceful transfers of power after hard-fought elections, the solemn responsibilities of the presidency, and the shared honor of occupying the “people’s house.”

The Backstory: Traveling with the President

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What's it like to be a reporter covering a president who's also running for re-election? Gwen Ifill gets the "Backstory" from Peter Baker of The New York Times who explains what it's like traveling on on Air Force One with President Obama, the time pressures and fine line between official duties and campaigning.

Clinton and Reagan Draw Praise (but Not From Whom You’d Think)

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It says something about American politics that it has come to this: For the record, Bill Clinton does not actually support Mitt Romney for president no matter how many times Mr. Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, cites him in his speeches. And for that matter, just for clarity, Ronald Reagan certainly would not be supporting President Obama, either.

History's Romance: Why Politics Past Beats Politics Present

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Is it just my imagination, or have politics and politicians grown smaller?

I've been flirting with this conclusion after diving into two enjoyable presidential history books by night while covering 2012 politics by day. The books, Robert Caro's "The Passage of Power" and "The President's Club" by Michael Duffy and Nancy Gibbs, take us inside the West Wing in a way screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s fictional White House never could.

PBS NewsHour: LBJ's 'Passage of Power': The Transformation of a 'Legislative Genius'

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Historian Robert Caro has spent nearly four decades telling the story of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Gwen Ifill and Caro discuss the pivotal four years between 1960 and 1964 when Johnson rose from senator to an overshadowed vice president, and then to president -- the premise of his latest biography, "The Passage of Power."

Romney Faces a Narrow Path to 270 Electoral Votes, but His Team Remains Optimistic

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Mitt Romney faces a narrow path to the presidency, one that requires winning back states that President Obama took from Republicans in 2008 and that has few apparent opportunities for Romney to steal away traditionally Democratic states. Months ago, Obama’s campaign advisers laid out five distinct ways for the president to clear the threshold of 270 electoral college votes and win reelection.