The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: The Art of Enticement

The Presidency

One of the great rituals of tribal Washington is the dance of the aftermath. It is staged by pundits and politicos, explaining why an event that happened in their midst was not predicted by them or should not have happened without their approval.

We had a crackerjack last week, when Ronald Reagan won the AWACS fight. He overcame the objections of Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Speaker of the House Thomas P. O'Neill, not to mention the plaints of countless editorial writers and TV double-domes.

There was ABC's young Ted Koppel, looking...

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