The Presidency: The Thousand and One Arrows

The Thousand and One Arrows

Ronald Reagan walked into the East Room last week with just the slightest hitch in his stride. The healing from his prostate surgery was almost complete. He stood as straight as ever. Beneath a huge banner, QUEST FOR EXCELLENCE, he gave the 200 assembled businesspeople a talk that was fully ripened Reagan, expertly read from two TelePrompTers.

But the message he brought was just marginally on the minds of his audience. The greater question was about Ronald Reagan's waning presidency. Concern was palpable. Can he revitalize his leadership, so diverted and damaged by scandal and ineptitude?

It is a melancholy moment...

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