The presidential election is a test of candidacy and message: two candidates promise a future or sell the present and mobilize voters to give them four years, or four more years, in the White House. The presidency itself is a test of leadership, something Bob Woodward has spent four decades covering.
From Watergate to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, with the Supreme Court, the Pentagon, the national security establishment and the late John Belushi thrown in there as well.
Woodwards new book is called The Price of Politics. Host John Hockenberry spoke with Bob Woodward from the BBC studios in Washington. They talked about the Obama administration's ability to solve the nation's tough problems, starting first with the man at the center of Obama's financial team, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geitner.