THE PRESIDENCY: A Soothing Touch of Realism

The Presidency/Hugh Sidey

The President has abandoned another piece or two of that image of himself as the barefoot boy with smile. That may be one of the best signals yet for his troubled leadership. Along with his Bible, he carried to the Middle East a new sensitivity to the world's historical eddies. He displayed an eloquence that until now he has resolutely choked. He got tired, irritated, frightened. He showed it all, a soothing touch of realism that has rarely been allowed. And in his success, caution and true humility replaced visions of the millennium and interviews with the network...

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