Over the course of the past century, the presidency was construed first as the solution to theprob-kms of governing in America, and then as the source of America's governing problems. In its time, each of these constructions elaborated a history of the office andanchoredan agenda for presidential studies. It would seem, however, that political experience, if not the mere passage of time, has robbed both constructions of much of their bite, and that presidential studies finds itself for the first time without a dear historical program to exploit. This article explores the potential of reviving the research community through ct conceptual realignment of past and present. It examines three dimensions of the historicalreassessment of the office now in the offing: a constitutional dimension, aperiodization dimension, and a political agency dimension.