The Presidency: The Unexpected Guest


Insulated and isolated at the pinnacle of power, the President of the U.S. is nonetheless under unremitting and microscopic scrutiny. Once, a President could get away from it all with relative ease — as U. S. Grant did with his regular evening strolls down Pennsylvania Avenue to smoke a cigar, undisturbed, in a corner of the lobby of the now-doomed Willard Hotel; or, as Teddy Roosevelt did, with the "lonely walks" that he took at every opportunity. To day the ever-present eyes of newsmen and the TV camera — not to...

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