The Presidency: Hail to the Prisoner

Hail to the Prisoner

Ronald Reagan's friend Thomas Jefferson spurned carriages and escorts on his Inauguration Day in 1801. Instead, he strolled from his boardinghouse with some friends to the Capitol, where he took the oath of office and became the third U.S. President. He walked back for lunch -- probably with Reagan.

Things were simpler then. Last week at the gaudy end of the Republican Convention the 41st President roared off from Houston in a six-story, 227,000- lb.-thrust 747-200B jet. George Bush's seven-plane campaign air force began to crisscross the country from Gulfport to Hartford, bearing hundreds of advance men, surrogates, White House aides,...

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