Episode Detail: The Balance of Power - The American President
Conclusion. James Madison, James Knox Polk, William Howard Taft and Bill Clinton are profiled in "The Balance of Power," "a balance," says narrator Hugh Sidey, "that has been able to shift with the course of history." Madison, Sidey adds, was "chiefly responsible" for it. And Clinton, who's interviewed by Sidey, says, "the framers were smart. They designed the Constitution to prevent partisan passions from overriding common sense." Voice of Madison: former senator Dale Bumpers.