Essay: ON SEEKING A HERO FOR THE WHITE HOUSE

IF the task of finding the ideal President were turned over to an executive recruiting agency, its scouts would find the U.S. full of men of extraordinary ability. They would be dazzled by all the bright lawyers, economists and scientists, the able mayors who run cities more populous than states. The country teems with brilliant managers of great organizations, including virtuosos who shift effortlessly between corporations, foundations and Government service. Quite a few such men know more about the nation's besetting problems than any visible presidential candidate.

The age cries out for greatness in the White House. The trouble is not only...

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