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The Lucky and the Luckless - Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter

Episode 3 of 5

Michael Goldfarb tells the story of two American presidents: the luckless President Jimmy Carter and his successor, Ronald Reagan, a man blessed with abundant good fortune.

The President of the United States is the most powerful person in the world? Don't believe the hype. He - and maybe someday she - has limits imposed by the Constitution at home and in reality abroad. The President's greatest power is cultural. How a President acts in office and speaks to Americans shapes the society and peoples' memories of him.

In this series, Michael Goldfarb looks back at the Presidents of his lifetime, from Eisenhower to Obama.

In this episode, he tells the story of the luckless Jimmy Carter and his successor, a man blessed with abundant good fortune, Ronald Reagan.

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