Music and Performance
The presidency has been memorialized in nearly every genre of American song. Campaign ditties are written to captivate the voters, blues recordings express racial frustrations and hopes, and Broadway musicals often provide a lighthearted treatment.
An astonishing number of America's premier performers and songwriters have explored the subject. They include Leonard Bernstein, George and Ira Gershwin, Jackie "Moms" Mabley, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Horton, John Philip Sousa, and Irving Berlin. Few of the songs are memorable, but they demonstrate the importance and the visibility of the president.