How Reagan Stays Out of Touch

He likes short briefings and asks few questions

Serene. Instinctive. Visionary. Determined. Eternally optimistic. Such adjectives are regularly used to form a word picture of Ronald Reagan. They are all true, as far as they go. But each has a less sunny flip side, like a photographic negative of the bright, familiar image. Serene: intellectually $ passive. Instinctive: unreflective. Visionary: oblivious to troubling details. Determined: rigid. Optimistic: detached from reality and unwilling to wrestle with complex issues.

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