The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Losing Your Amateur Status

The Presidency

There was a time when politicians, having done their best or worst for the nation, went back home to the relative obscurity of their estates, law offices and front porches. Their subsequent public utterances were geared mainly to memoirs and the judgments of history. For the most part they discreetly left their successors to their own stumbles and triumphs.

In recent years, many of the principals of has-been Governments have taken up residence on the edge of events. Sustained by lobbying, lecture fees and foundation grants, they hurl some derision, no little doubt and—always— advice into the midst...

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