The Nation: Now the Constituency Is the Nation

Alternately sipping black coffee and puffing on his pipe, White House Chief of Staff Donald Rumsfeld talked with TIME Washington Correspondent Dean Fischer about his perceptions of Gerald Ford as President:

He likes to keep things moving. [White House Press Secretary] Ron Nessen may have a question about a piece of legislation, and the President will say, "Well, let's get so-and-so in here and find out about it." I can sit down with him and run down 40 items in 30 minutes. The President doesn't like things hanging around a long time.

He's...

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