The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Growing Old in Office

Ronald Reagan is older. He forgets more often. He has more down time than he did four years ago. That will undoubtedly increase to some degree over the next four years of his life. The question is whether this aging has impaired his essential vitality and whether it might, in the next four years, have serious implications. There is no conclusive evidence.

Vitality is at the heart of leadership. It gives a person the desire to change things, the courage to act, the will to keep trying and the joy of achievement. Loss of vitality is not always a matter of...

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