The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: A Chorus of Demands

Modesty is not a requirement for becoming President. Thus did Democratic Contender Walter Mondale a while back declare without blushing that he was ready for the job, something no mere human can ever be. Ronald Reagan keeps insisting he is not all that burdened by presidential responsibilities. Would that he worried more.

Jimmy Carter suggested that he might have greatness in him, a quality that historians have not yet detected. Lyndon Johnson once looked into the face of a young black admirer and told friends later that he could tell the lad felt he was in the presence of "the...

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