The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: At the Elbow of Power

The Presidency

Bill Hopkins gives a melancholy sigh when he reads about the security barriers around the White House and about the huge budget ($23 million) and staff (322) that serve the President. As a clerk for the Bureau of Naturalization in Herbert Hoover's Administration, he used to amble out of his office on G Street for lunch as just another pedestrian with no security pass other than his amiable attitude. He would walk all the way through the old State, War and Navy Building (now the Executive Office Building), climb the steps beside the West Wing of the White House,...

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