The Presidency: Never Yearning for Home

The Presidency

The New York Times's Scotty Reston, one of the best journalists of his generation, still charges around the world at age 74, probing Presidents and Prime Ministers and urging all those old fogies in public life to retire to their ranches.

Reston, and many others, had it figured out a year or so ago that Ronald Reagan, House turned 73 on Monday, could barely wait to leave the White House and get to the Pacific hills to savor fully his golden years.

Reagan did not retire — never wanted to. Nor did Johnson, Nixon, Ford or Carter. Leaving the presidency is...

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