The Real American Dilemma

To be hip or square? Fly or fool? But maybe it's possible to have it both ways

Warren Beatty once said every American boy grows up knowing that he can decide he wants to be President or that he wants to fool around--though that was not the more graphic term he used. I do not think Mr. Beatty--who knows something about both sex and politics--meant this only literally. The point is that from the time you're in junior high you understand there is a choice: you can live your life as though you know you will someday have to testify about yourself at a Senate confirmation hearing, or you can say, The hell with it. I'm going to...

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