It is common for scholars to distinguish between a ‘traditional presidency’ that existed in the 18th and 19th Centuries and a ‘modern presidency’ that emerged in the mid-20th Century. Proponents of this distinction see the presidency created by the Constitution as fundamentally weak. The modern presidency, by contrast, is portrayed as stronger and able to address the problems of a complex world. This view underestimates the centrality of the Constitution and its importance in creating a baseline of power and authority that all presidents draw upon. ...

Academics forgo the term "resume" in favor of "curriculum vitae." The CV refers to a list of degrees and accomplishments. But considering the Latin translation--"the course of life"--is the term too grand? The story of John Henry Wigmore suggests that "cirriculum vitae" is not an overly grand term. Wigmore's CV depicts a unique life path--as we reflect on Wigmore's CV and life, we may also reflect on our own....