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On the role of presidents – David Brooks

From David Brooks: “In times of crisis, you get a public reaction that is incoherence on stilts. … They know there is nothing a man in Washington can do to plug a hole a mile down in the gulf. On the other hand, they demand that the president ‘take control.’ … They want him to emote and perform the proper theatrical gestures so they can see their emotions enacted on the public stage. They want to hold him responsible for things they know he doesn’t control.”

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