The Presidency: Why Bush Has Trouble Firing Sununu

Why Bush Has Trouble Firing Sununu

As one of Washington's pre-eminent power brokers slid through the remote corridors of the White House last week, he had three separate encounters with members of George Bush's staff. Each of them whispered, "Where is Nancy when we need her?"

The Nancy in question is Nancy Reagan, who was credited in 1987 with using her well-shod foot to loft the self-important chief of staff, Donald Regan, out of the White House. Her husband, like virtually all other Presidents, had been trying to avoid the distasteful task of firing a helper and friend whose insensitivity was damaging the nation.

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