THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: How Much Do We Want to Know?

The nation has been informed of the papillomas on Hubert Humphrey's bladder, the chilly bedroom ambience in the Nixon White House, Jimmy Carter's dialogues with God, John Kennedy's sexual appetite, the pot experiments of Jerry Ford's son.

A lot of people are beginning to wonder whether they needed—or wanted—to know about all that. George Christian, who used to be L.B.J.'s press secretary, raised the issue during a round table featuring eight present and former White House press officers at the Johnson Library last week (no conclusion, just a view with alarm). In almost every political rally around the nation, there...

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