The Presidency: Unhousebroken

By the intricate rules of New Frontier social life, having dinner at the White House is only a step toward being really In; the next step up is to have dinner at the White House and not mention it to anybody.

In Washington, White House guests who maintain discreet silence afterward are dubbed "housebroken," and being housebroken rates way up on the list of virtues required of those who want a return invitation. Last week, however, a group of guests not only told, but told Richard Coe, drama critic on the Washington Post.

The night after the Democrats' $100-a-ticket wingding (TIME,...

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