The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: A Visionary or a Dogmatist?

The Presidency

In the musty corners of the Capitol, Republican leaders now say among themselves that Ronald Reagan has about three months to demonstrate the worthiness of his economic program before a political firestorm engulfs his presidency.

Along the power corridor of the White House, a few steps away from the Oval Office, they put the grace period at six to eight months. But in candid moments, Reagan's men admit that they face a lonely vigil through weeks of high unemployment and business decline.

All Washington, it seems, is pondering the President's mind these days and wondering about this classic drama of leadership. Is...

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