The Presidency: An Opposing View

An Opposing View

Ronald Reagan's State of the Union address was a gigantic production featuring fleets of black limousines, sirens, the glowing Capitol dome, trench-coated TV stars, champagne and prime television time. When Les Brown's annual State of the World report was launched one morning last week, the stage props included a glass of grapefruit juice, a bowl of All Bran and a banana, a worn corduroy suit with an outlandish bow tie, and a solitary walk on snow- soaked Hush Puppies down Washington's 19th Street to the offices of Worldwatch Institute. Nary a TV anchorman found his way to the proceedings.

Yet before...

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