THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Beyond the Facts & Figures

THE PRESIDENCY

"I am the first to admit that I am no great orator or no person that got where I have gotten by any William Jennings Bryan technique," Jerry Ford said a few days ago, proving his point even as he spoke. Then he proved it even more convincingly in his State of the Union address, with its ranks of square, gray sentences marching by.

Ford's sallies into international diplomacy have been marred by little things like tripping on the airplane ramp in Salzburg, or finding himself yucking it up with a geisha named...