The Presidency: New Folks at Home

In the second week the pace was more than fast; it was almost frantic. Usually the new President was up by 8 o'clock. Usually there were breakfast conferences, followed by long sessions with assorted aides and task forces. There was the first meeting with the National Security

Council and Democratic legislative leaders, the second with the Cabinet and the second televised press conference,* plus a constant stream of phone calls and official visitors. Lights glowed in the President's oval office up to 8 or 9 p.m. as he worked over messages and reports to Congress. A staff member...

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