Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Our Weak Government: David Brooks on

From a long interview with David Brooks by the U of Chicago paper

I think even he [Obama] came to office thinking the presidency had a lot more power than it does. I would say that’s a constant of my journalistic world: every president I’ve covered has learned that the office is in some ways much weaker than they anticipated. In some ways they still think it has some power, but it’s not an awesomely powerful office.
 You'd think some politician would read Neustadt.

Humor is more or less a young person’s game. You get a little more ponderous and earnest as you get older.
 Gosh, I hope not.  I was prematurely ponderous and earnest as a youth.

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