The Presidency: There's No Place Like It

When Ronald Reagan's 73rd birthday hubbub subsided last week in Dixon, Ill., the old neighborhood at the top of the hill on Hennepin Avenue tidied up to welcome the rest of the world. People will come from across oceans and states, in campers and Cadillacs, peering in the dark corners of Reagan's restored boyhood home for insight into what makes a President.

Even before the peaked and porched Queen Anne-style house was refurbished, 18,000 tourists visited the new mecca. It is one of 13 such presidential boyhood homes open to the public. Nearly 200,000 people visit...

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