THE PRESIDENCY: The Persistent Perils of Inner-Circle Vision

Jimmy Carter's White House staff came to town devoted to opening up the Government to the rest of the country, and it turns out that they arrived seriously hobbled by their own isolation.

They cannot see Bert Lance as having violated their code, if not the law. They cannot perceive that their insistence erodes trust, hurting the presidency and thus the nation. They have drawn the wagons in a circle and have so far placed Carter's pride and the feelings of their old friend Bert before the good of the country. It is selfishness...

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