Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM

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Dr. Warshaw, Professor of Political Science at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and a noted Presidential Leadership Speaker, is an authority on the president’s Cabinet, and organizational decision structures for presidential policy making.

  • Did George W. Bush and Dick Cheney actually engage in a “co-Presidency,” in which Bush “focused on education reform and faith-based initiatives...content to leave Cheney in charge of economic and foreign policy...and most else”?
  • Is it true that “the U.S. enjoyed more peace and economic well-being than at any other time in its history” during the Clinton administration?
  • Was Dwight Eisenhower actually “an activist, hands-on, involved president"...who used a hidden hand leadership style to direct not only policy development but crisis management”?

Dr. Shirley Anne Warshaw will offer many bold assertions and provide the solid scholarship to back them up when she visits Vero Beach. Her presentations will demonstrate her knowledge of presidential decision-making, White House organization, and White House-Cabinet relations as she does in the eight books she has written on presidential power in its various manifestations.

Some of her knowledge comes from the “inside”. She has been a consultant to the White House under three administrations, a consultant to the Public Broadcasting System and was also involved in presidential debates. In addition to her federal duties and Gettysburg College, Professor Warshaw worked in Pennsylvania state government and served in the Governor’s Office under two governors.

Warshaw’s books include Powersharing: White House-Cabinet Relations in the Modern Presidency, The Eisenhower Legacy: Re-examining the Eisenhower Presidency, and The Domestic Presidency. Her most recent book is The Co-Presidency of Bush and Cheney in which she demonstrates that these complementary conservatives were nothing less than co-presidents.

Warshaw has also served on the National Advisory Council for the Center for the Study of the Presidency and is a frequent speaker on National Public Radio. She has worked with the BBC, CNN, CBS News, National Journal, Congressional Quarterly, numerous newspapers (particularly USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post), and a host of others for commentary on issues surrounding presidential leadership. She earned her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, a Master’s degree from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She’s married and has three children.


The Emerson Center is conveniently located at 1590 27th Avenue, on the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue in Vero Beach. Showtimes are 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and tickets are $50 (student tickets are $10). Reserved seating tickets are now on sale. Call (772) 778-5249 or click to order online.