Presidents of the United States

New course at community college focuses on U.S. presidential scandals

Commander in chief, leader of the free world, POTUS (President of the United States) — these are common monikers for the U.S. president.

Yet after taking Patrick Heline's class on presidential malfeasance, one might come up with a few other labels for some presidents in America's history, including, perhaps, unfaithful husband, unfit father, power monger ... perhaps even sexual opportunist.

The class on presidential scandals taught by Heline, a Howard Community College adjunct faculty member, is a nonaccredited course scheduled to start in mid-February that focuses on what he describes as blatant and salacious misuse of power by some presidents. Many of the scandals involve...