THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Laboring Around the Vacuum

THE PRESIDENCY / HUGH SIDEY

It was 8 a.m. and cold in the Maryland mountains when Roy Ash, director of the Office of Management and Budget, walked into Laurel Cottage at Camp David, normally the President's work retreat. On this morning Nixon was in Florida, and his troop of budget experts had moved in.

In his plaid wool shirt, Ash looked deceptively casual. He sat at the head of the walnut conference table. In front of him was a five-page agenda for two full days of work. "Gentlemen," Ash said quietly to the 14 men, "let's get going. We have a budget...

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