The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Jerry Ford's One-Man Show

About the time when Ronald Reagan's return to public speaking reminded Washington that the presidency is basically a one-man show, Jerry Ford was saying the same thing, quietly, in Ann Arbor, Mich. He was out there on the campus of the university to dedicate his presidential library. There are only seven such libraries in the nation, and the rituals of initiation into this select club are pleasant and special.

Last week the directors of other libraries from Hoover to Johnson came to admire the new architecture, landscaping, electronic retrieval devices and pictorial...

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