The Presidency: Not a Usual Man

THE PRESIDENCY

The clock read 6:15 a.m. when the patient was wheeled into the operating suite. A team of ten masked, green-gowned doctors made final preparations. By 6:50 a.m., the patient was asleep under general anesthesia. Ten minutes later, the chief surgeon murmured "scalpel?" and the operation was under way. There was a swift, sure incision, then a slow, deliberate excision. By 9:15 a.m., the last suture was in place, the operation complete. "It's wonderful," breathed one of the doctors, "just wonderful."

It was a routine familiar to anyone who has ever watched a...

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