Readings in the Roosevelt Room

At the end of almost every working week, Richard Wirthlin stuffs his battered brown briefcase full of the feelings of thousands of Americans and heads for the White House. The President's pollster stops first at the Oval Office, where he tells Ronald Reagan what his fresh probings of the nation's roots --grass, sage and swamp--have yielded. Then he heads across the hall to the Roosevelt Room for lunch with the senior staff and more talk about the presidency and the people.

A few days ago, when Wirthlin had settled in between the portraits of the Roosevelts, Teddy and Franklin, he began...

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