THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: How to End Up No. 2

The Presidency

There is the worry around this company town that Jimmy Carter is just a bit too ready to accept second place, or, to use his words, "to adjust to the new realities." There are new realities about American power and resources and those of its adversaries and about this nation's ability to manage events in the world, but once you start to turn down your expectations and act unwilling or unable to sustain influence around the globe, the slide is hard to stop.

"I figure that if you start out to be No. 2," mused John Kennedy one night in the...

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