Public prestige and professional reputation, as stated by Neustadt, have a lot in common. Then there are the back burner Presidents who do not come to mind at all, individuals like Franklin Pierce and Benjamin Harrison, who did not seem to have anything significant happen during their time as president.
The public's view affects his reputation and his reputation affects the public opinion of the president. The power to persuade is perhaps the most important aspect of the presidency that Neustadt writes about.
All three of these traits aid in the passing and success of the presidents policies. His power is in no way limited to persuasion when he can kill bills with his pocket veto — provided they reach his desk in the last ten days of a Congressional session.
In this respect, he is limited by the powers allotted to him, and the political operator must resort to persuasion in order to have his way. The Board of Education that African American students must be allowed to integrate into schools in the Little Rock area. This could be seen to stand testament to his powers being limited to that of persuasion.
He does so by persuasion. Getting policy enacted takes talent as well as knowledge, which are aspects of both art and science collectively. However, the President can persuade in a number of ways.
Neither type of system is perfect or has continuous stability. Other levels of government have different constituencies and different sources of power and interest.
But there are those who suggest that, contrary perhaps to the wishes of the Founding Fathers, the president has acquired many powers extra to any persuasive facility.