THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: When the Anemometers Stall


One of my esteemed colleagues has called this summer's Washington "Dullsville." NBC's North Carolina-born oracle David Brinkley was stirred by the capital's somnolence to thoughts of 40 years ago, before air conditioning and the telephone overwhelmed the verandas and magnolias. And the New York Times' James Reston, the most distinguished analyst of Washington's hot air, checked his stalled political anemometer and took himself off to Cuba for real Havana cigars.

For the first time in at least a decade, Washington has had a summer of reasonable serenity. But a number of people are not sure that they liked it, which...

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