THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Reading the Portents

The Presidency

Presidential transitions never run the way the people involved want them to run, or the way the nation expects. Politics and Government simply cannot be programmed like an IBM training course for junior executives. Which is to say the Reagan transition, with its arguments, leaks, hesitations, minor embarrassments, excessive personnel and plethora of reports, is doing pretty well.

The Cabinet is forming, and so is the White House staff. The Administration-to-be has established a beachhead in Washington, gathered a talent pool, decreed that ceremony will be upgraded and the Inaugural Parade shortened.

In this environment of presence without power almost everything...

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