The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: The Older the Newer

Gary Hart claims to be the candidate of new ideas. Walter Mondale can't see it. In a strict sense, Mondale is right. At least, that's how Harry Truman would have seen it. Back in 1961 Truman, whose 100th birthday will be celebrated May 8 around a world still appreciative of his stewardship, told Author Merle Miller: "The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know. The only thing that changes is the names we give things."

Most ideas that work their way up to the presidency have been around for a while in one form or another....

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