The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Tidings at Mid-Passage

Ronald Reagan's Administration is at mid-life and shows it. The White House now feels like a settled home, all burnished mahogany and established rituals.

George Bush has family portraits and decorated Christmas trees in both of his elegant offices. Nancy Reagan has shaded the private quarters in her favorite yellows and peaches, and state entertaining is a pageantry of grace and beauty. The gray squirrels come up to the windows of the Oval Office and knock when the President has not gone to Camp David for the weekend and brought back acorns to...

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