The Presidency: Fewer Hopes, Cooler Heads

Fewer Hopes, Cooler Heads

The jelly-bean psychologist of the Reagan Administration, Commerce Secretary Malcolm Baldrige, allows that his study of how his colleagues dip into the President's jelly-bean jar during Cabinet meetings goes on as before, "but it is not quite as much fun without Al Haig."

In the first days of the Reagan presidency, Baldrige became intrigued with the various styles of jelly-bean consumption, particularly the aggressive search-and-destroy method of then Secretary of State Haig. "He grasps the jar firmly with both hands," noted Baldrige about Haig, "peers with great intensity into its depths and searches until he finds two red jelly beans. These...

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