THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Trying To Show His Toughness

The Presidency

There is a deep sadness in Washington this week. Concern about Jimmy Carter and his Administration has gone beyond anger. The immediate shock of the graceless Cabinet changes will wear off, but doubts about the President will grow even larger and seep out across the world. Ultimately, they are doubts about America.

The presidency is a very personal office. Despite the best efforts of scholars to stuff it into pigeonholes and hang it up on graphs, the presidency takes on the moods of the man in the office. His purposes become policy by osmosis. His sense of urgency regulates...

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