No president ever made it to the Oval Office based just on his own efforts. Taking the White House requires a team.
Sometimes it takes a husband-and-wife team, as historian William H. Chafe explains in his talk about William Jefferson Clinton on Thursday, September 27, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Chafe, a pioneer in the contemporary study of American politics through the personal lives of politicians, reveals the core complexity of Bill and Hillary Clinton as individuals, as husband and wife, and as national public figures.
American politics had never seen the likes of the Clintons. Their "co-presidency" was unique in our history, just as are their entwined political lives. By taking the long view, Chafe captures how their relationship has been the source of their many successes and failures and, all too often, of the scandals that have dogged them throughout their careers.
This is a history of two people with uncommon talents but common flaws, who together are the most influential husband and wife partnership of our time.
Chafe is the Alice Mary Baldwin professor of history at Duke University and the author of Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event.RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407.
The event is part of the Hail to the Chiefs series on the American Presidency co-presented by the Kansas City Public Library and the Truman Library Institute and co-sponsored by KCUR's Up to Date.