Cult at the Movies

Caleb Brown and Jorge Artega have put together a terrific little video segment on changing views of the president’s role, using an interview with me and clips from the 1933 film Gabriel Over the White House, a Hearst-funded, FDR propaganda vehicle in which the president is literally touched by an angel and imbued with the Holy Spirit of Presidential Activism. (I’m glad Caleb included the clip where the president pledges to suspend mortgage foreclosures).

Update: and it turns out that Gabriel is on Turner Classic Movies on 11/25. Set your Tivo.

Posted on Oct 12, 2008 in Arts and Culture, Cult of the Presidency | Comments

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