ABSTRACT This essay discusses the way our images of the presidency dictate our relationship with governmental structures of all kinds—also known as the state. I consider how two recent presidents' generational status as baby boomers defines them in particular ways. For Clinton, his “blackness” generated his evasive aura of post-1960s hipness; for Bush, his status as “rightful heir,” center of a long-awaited “Restoration” of pre-1960s values, now legitimizes his call for a reawakened imperial patriotism.

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