THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Nos. 37, 38 and 39, All Onstage

The presidency was on rare display around Washington last Thursday. First there was the 37th President, deposed Richard Nixon, quoted as saying in a David Frost interview that a President was above the law. Before noon No. 38, Gerald Ford, now a genial Palm Springs jock, was traveling nostalgically through the corridors of power on his second visit as a private citizen to the place he wished he had never left.

By afternoon the 39th President, Jimmy Carter, had reclaimed his rightful share of attention by calling an outspoken general back from Korea, setting a new arms-sales policy, dismissing Nixon's...

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