The Presidency: Singing for His Supper

A couple of years ago, Republican leaders in Congress kidded Ronald Reagan that when he came to dine with them he would have to pay. Last week when he arrived for lunch with 46 G.O.P. Senators, the President pulled from his right coat pocket a crisp $5 bill and handed it to Majority Leader Howard Baker. The President declared: "There's no such thing as a free lunch." The din of clicking camera shutters and grinding television reels was deafening. It was the fin seen round the world. Where Reagan got the five bucks...

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