THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: A Feeling of People Together


"How," asked a White House official, "can we bottle it and keep it?"

He was talking about the Bicentennial spirit, its glow lingering all week in the presidential corridors, bubbling up every few hours in the Oval Office itself.

Even after four days of speeches and ceremonies, Gerald Ford was on such an emotional high after the last event on July 5 that he did not want to give up and go back to the White House. Leaving.Monticello where he had spoken at a naturalization rite for 106 new citizens, the President ordered...

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