The Presidency: Washington's Mother Christmas

Washington's Mother Christmas

According to year-end public-opinion polls, Barbara Bush is the world's most admired woman by a landslide, and still gaining. Author Carl Sferrazza Anthony, chronicler of First Ladies, proclaims her two years on the job "utterly unique." She has avoided plunging into the President's business and generating the kind of hostility stirred up by Eleanor Roosevelt. Yet she heard the human cries and carried the banner for compassion when the Administration's number crunchers studied the bleak budget ledgers and looked the other way.

"My best two years," confirms Barbara. "But then I always think what I'm doing is best. I haven't had...

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