The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Needed: Calm and a Long View

There come times in the course of a presidency when events seem to swirl be yond matter reach and influence of the man in the Oval Office, no matter who he is or how strong he may be. Even Abraham Lincoln despaired. "I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me," he wrote, a year before the end of the Civil War.

For Ronald Reagan it is one of those times. The unexpected, like Argentina's seizure of the Falkland Islands, piles on the inevitable, like the winding down of Leonid...

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