THE PRESIDENCY: A Matter of Presence

The U.S. had critical interests on the line in a dozen swiftly moving areas: in the Middle East, Tunisia, Indonesia (see FOREIGN NEWS), in the drift toward an international summit conference, in the critical Stateside problems of defense and Pentagon reorganization, and especially in the deepening recession. To cope with these problems there were plenty of plans and policies. Conspicuously absent was a badly needed feeling of presence—specifically, the presence of the President of the U.S. at his desk, giving attention to the daily details that make long-range plans and policies work.

Perhaps the problem was more psychological than material—but that...

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