THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: A Troublesome Question of Class

There is something in politics called "class." It has little to do with pedigree, money, dress or good looks. Instead, it is the essence of the man. Thus the colleagues of big, blustering House Speaker Tip O'Neill, from the back streets of Cambridge, can hail him as "a classy guy." And thus did John F. Kennedy so devastatingly sum up his 1960 victory over Richard Nixon: "He's got no class." Franklin Roosevelt had class. Warren Harding did not. One of the maladies of the Carter Administration these days seems to be lack of class. Class is not always necessary...

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