Months ago, preparing to go back to his Detroit bank, Budget Director Joseph Dodge began training his successor: Rowland Roberts Hughes, 58. This week, painlessly and almost privately (no interviews, no press conference), the new budget director takes over.

Among themselves, White House staffers called Hughes "The Buccaneer," because of his bold black eyepatch. He has worn one for twelve years or so to cover an eyelid injury, but the rakish effect is only accidental. Actually, Hughes, like Dodge, is a quiet career banker who neither smokes nor drinks, has no absorbing...

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