The Presidency: Freedom's Multi-Ring Circus

Freedom's Multi-Ring Circus

Colonel John Bourgeois and the U.S. Marine Band are up to speed on the national anthems for Poland and Rumania, but they have some polishing to do on Hungary, East Germany, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia and, who knows, maybe Albania. The way things are going, figures director Bourgeois, the leaders of those nations will sooner or later show up at the White House for a state function, and the President's own band will have to tootle them down the red carpet.

All over Washington, savvy men like Bourgeois are changing old rituals and recasting attitudes for the future rushing in on them. It...