The President's New Men

Baker picks a team that hopes to reinvigorate the White House

In simpler times Franklin Roosevelt was fond of the notion of a White House staff with a "passion for anonymity." But in the postwar era the President's palace guard has wielded far too much power to remain shrouded in obscurity. The character and competence of an Administration is often shaped by those who command offices in the West Wing of the White House. Such has been particularly the case with Ronald Reagan. In his first term, the fractious troika of James Baker, Edwin Meese and Michael Deaver exposed the often passive President to a wide diversity of opinion. In contrast, the...

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