THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Neither Questions Nor Answers

Rarely has the weather been so spectacular. And the White House fringed by the freshly planted chrysanthemums is a beautiful island of tranquillity in downtown Washington.

But many of the men and women who came out of the President's news conference Friday night and walked through this scene carried with them a deep sense of despair.

They had witnessed a President who would not or could not answer questions fully, and they had seen reporters who could not or did not ask the right questions for a public that cries out more each day for some answers.

The East Room was like...

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