Fireside Chats FDR also revolutionized the way presidents communicate with the public. Roosevelt began the practice of delivering frequent addresses to the American people over the radio (a practice continued to this day). His manner of speaking as if his listeners were his friends gathered around a fireplace led to the name fireside chats. FDR used radio and other media to speak to the people directly.The Imperial Presidency (1960s–Present) Presidents have assumed extraordinary powers in the areas of foreign and domestic policy since the 1930s. In the 1960s and 1970s, a number of people decried the “imperial presidency,” which they felt threatened democracy by giving too much power to one person. The imperial presidency may have peaked with Richard Nixon (president from 1969 to 1974). In the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, Congress took a more assertive role in government, and the power of the president receded. In particular,
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