Stephen Hess

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Senior Fellow Emeritus, Governance Studies

Portrait: Stephen Hess

A veteran staffer of the Eisenhower and Nixon administrations and an advisor to Presidents Ford and Carter, Stephen Hess focuses on the presidency, the news media, and the political culture of Washington. | View Full Bio

  • Podcast

    Nixon and Moynihan: White House Odd Couple

    December 18, 2014

  • In the News

    If you are going to do something big or important, do it fast. A presidential administration is like an hourglass with the sand running out. There is a blip up with your second inauguration. You know the odds are that you are going to lose seats at the midterm election, and pretty soon you are going to look pretty lame-duckish, as even your supporters start to choose up sides over your successor.

    November 23, 2012, Stephen Hess, National Journal
  • In the News

    Rated on energy, charm, and political smarts, Michelle Obama is the most important and successful first lady in a presidential campaign since 'Lady Bird' Johnson in 1964.

    November 7, 2012, Stephen Hess, The Washington Examiner
  • In the News

    It’s been dreadful — in many ways the worst campaign I’ve ever lived through.

    November 3, 2012, Stephen Hess, The Toronto Star
  • In the News

    [Biden's] supporters will expect him to have made arguments that they felt were missing in the president's presentation, which seemed to try to avoid the attacks on Mitt Romney's record that had been a very important part of their [Obama-Biden] campaign.

    October 10, 2012, Stephen Hess, Voice of America
  • In the News

    Frankly, I'm just baffled...[Obama] doesn’t need to have held another press conference to be prepared or another campaign event to know what his opponent is going to throw at him. I'm searching for some reason why he didn't do better.

    October 5, 2012, Stephen Hess, McClatchy
  • In the News

    The easiest thing to say [about a president's influence on the economy] is that he isn't the only player. He is a more important player than anyone, with the possible exception of the Fed chairman.

    September 15, 2012, Stephen Hess, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  • In the News

    [Romney's acceptance speech was] exactly the wrong speech. It was a 'who am I,' when what the electorate needed from him was a 'what I will do', address.

    August 31, 2012, Stephen Hess, Bloomberg
  • In the News

    The old rule-of-thumb was that to win the nomination you first win your base and then move to the middle. Both Obama and Romney are being forced to play it closer to their bases than in the past.

    August 24, 2012, Stephen Hess, The Associated Press

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