Meet The Presidents

Meet The Presidents

  • 2006
  • 1 Season

This series takes an up close look at past Presidents of the United States. Each show features a different president. The viewer gets to find out information about their personal life as well as the effect they had as President.

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Herbert Hoover: December 11, 1955
13. Herbert Hoover: December 11, 1955
April 30, 2007
Herbert Hoover was president for four years and a former president for more than three decades. Defeated by Franklin Roosevelt in 1932 at the height of the Great Depression, Hoover was in and out of the public eye until his death in 1964 at the age of 90. In this Meet the Press appearance, Hoover promotes his idea of an "administrative vice-president," an idea that would catch the interest of at least one Senator: John F. Kennedy. Hoover appeared on Meet the Press once again in 1959 -- a day before his 85th birthday.
Ronald Reagan: March 7, 1976
12. Ronald Reagan: March 7, 1976
April 30, 2007
In 1976, former California governor Ronald Reagan challenged incumbent Gerald Ford for the Republican presidential nomination. That March 7th, he appeared on Meet the Press. The broadcast originated in Florida, two days before that state's primary. Reagan lost the primary to Ford, and he fell short of capturing the nomination later that year. But on election day, Ford lost to Jimmy Carter, opening the door for Reagan to run again in 1980 -- and win.
John F. Kennedy: December 2, 1951
10. John F. Kennedy: December 2, 1951
April 30, 2007
John F. Kennedy's first appearance on Meet the Press, on December 2, 1951. The 34-year old bachelor congressman from Massachusetts announces that he is considering a run for the Senate The following year, Kennedy won the seat, defeating Republican incumbent Henry Cabot Lodge, despite a nationwide Republican landslide. Kennedy was a guest on Meet the Press a total of eight times before his death.
George W. Bush: November 21, 1999
9. George W. Bush: November 21, 1999
July 31, 2006
On November 21, 1999, Texas Governor George W. Bush appeared on Meet the Press as a candidate for president of the United States. He talks about his record as governor, and ansers questions from Tim Russert about what he would do as president. With a new introduction by Tim Russert.
Bill Clinton: November 9, 1997
8. Bill Clinton: November 9, 1997
July 31, 2006
Like George H.W. Bush before him and George W. Bush after him, President Bill Clinton had to contend with Saddam Hussein in Iraq, and questions of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. In this 1997 appearance on Meet the Press, Clinton addresses those issues, and helps Tim Russert mark the program's 50th anniversary. With a new introduction by Tim Russert.
George H.W. Bush: February 22, 1976
7. George H.W. Bush: February 22, 1976
July 31, 2006
George Herbert Walker Bush held many jobs in his long public career. Here he is on Meet the Press in 1976, newly installed as Director of the CIA. At the time, Bush feared that taking the job and running the embattled agency would put an end to his career in politics. But just four years later he was Ronald Reagan's vice-president, and in 1988 he won the top job himself. Introduced by Tim Russert.
Ronald Reagan: January 9, 1966
6. Ronald Reagan: January 9, 1966
May 24, 2006
Ronald Reagan in the first of seven appearances on Meet the Press, just five days after he announced his candidacy for Governor of California. A former actor, public speaker and president of the Screen Actors Guild, Reagan faces tough questions about his qualifications, and displays his now familiar ease and confidence in front of the camera. Introduced by Tim Russert.
Jimmy Carter: January 20, 1980
5. Jimmy Carter: January 20, 1980
May 24, 2006
Jimmy Carter makes big news in 1980, asking the U.S. Olympic Committee to boycott the Moscow Games unless the Soviet Union withdraws its troops from Afghanistan. They didn't, and the boycott was on. In this, his fifth of eight appearances on Meet the Press, Carter also discusses the ongoing Iran hostage crisis and the coming presidential campaign. Introduced by Tim Russert.
Gerald Ford: November 9, 1975
4. Gerald Ford: November 9, 1975
May 24, 2006
In office for just over a year, Gerald Ford becomes the first sitting president ever to appear on Meet the Press. But Ford was no stranger to the program; this was his eighth appearance, but his only one as president. Ford is candid about the turmoil then facing his administration. Introduced by Tim Russert.
Lyndon Johnson: October 9, 1960
2. Lyndon Johnson: October 9, 1960
May 24, 2006
Senator Lyndon B. Johnson in his second and final appearance on Meet the Press. Johnson tried and failed to win the Democratic presidential nomination in 1960. Instead, he was chosen as a running mate by the man who beat him: John F. Kennedy. Here is vice-presidential candidate Lyndon Johnson. Introduced by Tim Russert.
John F. Kennedy: January 3, 1960
1. John F. Kennedy: January 3, 1960
May 24, 2006
One day after announcing his candidacy for president in 1960, John F. Kennedy appears on Meet the Press ? the sixth of eight appearances Kennedy made in his lifetime. The Massachusetts Senator talks politics, including the prospect of running against Richard Nixon, and he talks about the role his Catholic faith might play in the campaign ahead. Introduced by Tim Russert.
Description

This series takes an up close look at past Presidents of the United States. Each show features a different president. The viewer gets to find out information about their personal life as well as the effect they had as President.

  • Premiere Date
    May 24, 2006