Ronald Reagan

History

A brief history of presidential lethargy

A television set turned on in the West Wing of the White House. AP Photo/Susan Walsh Stacy A. Cordery, Iowa State University No one doubts the job of president of the United States is stressful and demanding. The chief executive deserves downtime. But how much is enough, and when is it too much? These questions

National

Thanksgiving at the White House, Then and Now

November is an opportune time to reflect on America’s sacred traditions. While other holidays celebrate important values—Independence Day recalls our Nation’s founding, for example, and Memorial Day reminds us of heroic sacrifice—perhaps no day invites as much calm, personal reflection as does Thanksgiving. President George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation, designating Thursday, November 26,

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