THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: THE BETTER PART OF VALOR

Even though they order armies around and with a few words give or take billions, Presidents worry profoundly about their personal displays of courage.

A glimpse of fear on the face of the man can become a lingering fear in millions. A small retreat from the world's anger can send ripples through every free society. It takes time to sort out what is courageous or merely foolish in the large acts of policy. Human hesitancy may instantly weaken a man's ability to lead.

That is why Jerry Ford has brooded so long and in such uncharacteristic isolation about his personal security....

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