THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: The Compulsion to Excel

The men who get to the White House seem to have a deep compulsion to do everything a little more, better, grander than any of the others who have gone before them. Perhaps it is a natural urge, since getting to be President of the United States is about a 6 billion-to-1 shot at any given moment in the human scene. Having established that triumph, they look for other records to break.

Excelling has in most cases been a way of life from the cradle. Lyndon Johnson liked to tell the story about his grandfather riding around the Texas hill...

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