The Presidency: Road Ends, Drive Carefully

The White House crews spruced up the Oval Office in the President's absence.

When he came back to headquarters last week, his walls had a fresh, subtle ivory tint, there were new white sofas around the fireplace, and Franklin Roosevelt's six cane-backed chairs had been re-covered in rust-colored leather. Ronald Reagan entered Phase 2 of his presidency in style.

He will need it all and a good deal more. Comes now the time when the old hoofer's original script has been exhausted, when the newness has faded, when the mischief makers in Washington and the world have sized him up. The procession...

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