The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Before It's Too Late

The Presidency

It is always unwise for a President to get hypnotized by the world's complaints about the way he conducts business. Nudging a great nation into a new course pinches a lot of people. Likewise, the Chief Executive who reads the domestic polls every night for political guidance is apt to be paralyzed each morning. The leader who views every White House catfight as apocalyptic will be a nervous wreck in his first year. Ronald Reagan is not guilty on any count.

But a President who ignores those distant rumbles and internal...

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