The Nation: The White House Becomes a Wheel

Every White House staff reflects its President's style, whims and, most important, use of power. No sooner had Gerald Ford been sworn in than he began to dismantle the tightly hierarchical system erected by Richard Nixon. Ford is designing his presidency like a wheel, with the Oval Office at the hub and spokes radiating out in all directions. The new President intends to be in the middle of the action.

The blueprint that Ford is following is a 23-page report that was drawn up by four members of his transition team, all old and trusted...

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