THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: A New Kind of Crisismonger

The Presidency Hugh Sidey

Congressman George Hansen is 6 ft. 6 in. tall and .025 mm thick. He is a piece of video tape, an electronic actor raised to global status through a system gone a bit mad.

Here's Jimmy Carter with 19 warships in the Indian Ocean area, trying to figure out the Ayatullah Khomeini, neutralize Henry Kissinger, keep abreast of the Shah's gallstones, and suddenly this Idaho character wanders into Tehran and tries to take over the President's job.

Hansen seems to be a new kind of crisismonger, jetting to trouble spots,...

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