The Presidency: An Unlikely Affinity

Ted Kennedy went down to the White House last week for the swearing in of the Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution. He is one of 23 members responsible for the planning of a 1987 celebration. Vice President George Bush, substituting for the convalescing Ronald Reagan, dutifully passed out the standard presidential cuff links. Back on Capitol Hill, Kennedy showed the gift to some of his Democratic colleagues with a wry boast: "I can help you get some of these." The Republican stalwart, Barry Goldwater, caught the irony. "I'll bet," he kidded, "they have line-item veto written on the...

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