The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Using the Tried and True

The Presidency

The startling thing about Ronald Reagan's postelection presidency is that so much remains the same. When Richard Nixon was voted another term in 1972, he demanded resignations from 2,000 political appointees with an eye to weeding out his first-term team and infusing the survivors with a little fear from the boss. Reagan has done just the opposite.

It is clear now that several months ago he was rather certain of his re-election and made plans to encourage his people, to produce a salubrious White House environment rather than an earthquake. A week...

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