The Presidency: Persuading the President

One of the members of Congress who goes down to the White House regularly to see the President has been fascinated these past few days, watching the struggle between the two men who live inside the durable body of Ronald Reagan. There is the after-dinner rouser with his cue-card homilies, still struggling to assert himself in a profligate world. Then there is this other fellow, who, when he at last stirs himself, can recognize reality: like 12 million unemployed and a possible $200 billion deficit.

Right now, this Congressman sees a President who is a little stunned by the rush of...

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