THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: The Value of Proximity

It all began in 1953 on the third floor of the Executive Office Building across the street from the White House and for the most part out of sight and sound of the President. The first National Security Adviser was a kind of aide-de-camp to Ike, more clerk than policy planner. But the next thing we knew, he had moved across the street and was in the White House basement, close to the President's communications center, a lope or two from John Kennedy's ear. When we woke up a few months after Nixon's Inaugural, the adviser, in the shape...

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