Ross Perot as Old Hickory

Ross Perot as Old Hickory

Ross Perot enjoys comparisons with Harry Truman and Franklin Roosevelt. He sees himself as a can-do guy in a can't-do era -- as a feisty straight-talker like Truman, as a bold experimenter like F.D.R., whose plan for rescuing capitalism ("Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it and try another; but above all try something") is echoed in Perot's call for "action, action, action." Perot may never be ranked with Truman and Roosevelt -- and of course he would have to win first -- but he already personifies an enduring strain in American life, a pervasive antipathy for...

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