Friends In High Places

The President has become Bush's most ardent campaigner

White House Spokesman Marlin Fitzwater stepped up to the blue-velvet-trimmed podium of the White House briefing room for the daily ritual of feeding the usually acerbic presidential press corps. U.P.I.'s Helen Thomas, the ever vigilant observer of six Administrations, lobbed the first barbed inquiry: "Well, Marlin, what are you going to do for George Bush today?" Smiling benignly, Fitzwater replied, "Anything I can."

Fitzwater wasn't jesting. Since Ronald Reagan's return from his Santa Barbara ranch, the White House has been transformed into a branch office of Bush campaign headquarters; White House officials have donned red-white-and- blue neckties printed with PUSH FOR...

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