THE PRESIDENCY: Perceiving Poverty Amid the Plenty

Rarely have so many eaten and drunk so much so magnificently in pursuit of a solution to national economic hard times.

Governors, Senators, Congressmen, Cabinet officers, diplomats, economists and the President himself gurgled and burped their way through a singular week of debate that included invocations of the specter of poverty and hunger.

The velvety sheen of tailored tuxedos was seen in candle-lighted dining rooms from the embassies to the White House. The big black limousines, their engines lapping contentedly, jammed the circular drive on the south lawn of the White House...

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