The Presidency: What, This Crowd Worry?

What, This Crowd Worry?

Twenty-six men -- no women -- gathered in the White House Cabinet Room last week under the austere eyes of George Washington. All were wary. They were budget summiteers from Congress and the Administration, charged with making Uncle Sam solvent. They had to put extra chairs around the mahogany table, which is designed for a load of 15 or so. Several of the White House's 93 servants hustled coffee and cookies. Something unreal here. Twenty-six men trying to figure out how to scrimp, save, cut, deny and maybe tax -- though the word was never spoken directly in an hour and...

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