THE WHITE HOUSE: Who's in Charge There?

The guest of honor at the surprise birthday party last week tried gamely to make the affair fun for everyone. He grinned as his staff members carried in a gaily decorated white cake while singing a squeaky version of Happy Birthday. When he got some icing on his hands, he dutifully followed the directions called out by his wife: "Lick your fingers, Dick." He even got his Irish setter, King Timahoe, to lick off a glob of frosting that had polluted his maroon sports jacket. Pointing at the sullen skies outside, he joked to...

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