The Presidency: Smile, and Sharpen Your Knives

Smile, and Sharpen Your Knives

Notes and remembrance, Week 1, Bush presidency:

-- Overheard in a gaggle of White House reporters waiting for a sighting of the peripatetic George Bush: "Such a good guy. Such a normal, wonderful family . . . It's disgusting." Beltway political maxim: the only thing worse than persistent corruption is unrelenting wholesomeness.

-- Word from the Hill to the White House that a former wife of John Tower, Secretary of Defense-designate, wants to testify about Tower's alleged indiscretions. Question to a White House aide: "Can the Bush Administration stand a sex story so soon?" Thoughtful pause from White House aide, then,...

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