THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Oh for Another Stargazing Gardener


Thomas Jefferson's 233rd birthday was hailed across the land last Tuesday. At Monticello, University of Virginia students gave him a cheer and a toast at dawn, and on the floor of the House of Representatives three scholars tried to pour a little of his wisdom into the heads of legislators, who were impatiently edging toward the Easter exit. Jerry Ford limousined over to the Jefferson Memorial to lay a wreath and claim some political kinship with the Virginian. And even one cab driver's tribute was recorded augustly by the Washington Post: "Yeah,...

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