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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - January 22, 1983, Tokyo, Japan 1 y t i jul Pacific stars and stripes viewpoint january 1983 press conference in total disarray Good ladies and gentle i have asked you Here to reply to these reports that my operations Are in if you Are trying to insinuate that i have made a mess of i categorically deny Are there any questions Are you saying that you Are not in but Are actually in array and if How do you account for the presence of a Gravy stain on your Necktie there you go playing fast and Loose with the this stain is not a Gravy it is a salad Oil the press inability to Tell a salad Oil stain from a Gravy stain will show the american people very i who is in disarray in this to rephrase the can a Man expect the Public to believe that he is in array when he wears a Necktie with a salad Oil stain Brown Blue suit i notice that you yourself Are wearing Brown shoes with a Blue if the to cameras will focus on Finney feet and please now the nation can see evidence of a Man in severe sartorial let me Point that this does not mean Finney has made a mess of his Sarah you May not know but you were seen yesterday waiting for a and you not Only had on the Necktie with the salad Oil but you also had a Button missing from your and whats you didst have exact change for the bus fare because youd lost coins through a Hole in your pants do you have a question Why Are you willing to Board a bus in such total disarray if you had bothered to Check with you would know that i had to go out in a hurry to get to my dry cleaner before he i had an important dinner last night and last week i spilled a bottle of Ink on my Only i had to throw myself on my dry cleaners mercy and plead for his on hour service before he Binder if you were in total you have taken the Ink stained suit to the cleaner earlier instead of letting it lie around the House for a full week there seems to be an impression in the Media that i have nothing to do but carry suits to the does it never occur to any of you that i also have to press the search for my misplaced address Book and paint a sign warning guests not to use the powder room because i accidentally flushed my sweat socks Down the toilet bowl last month can a Man describe himself As being in Good array if he lets a month pass without having a plumber unclog his pipes of sweat socks Russell Baker i have been engaged in Long and difficult negotiations with plumbers in order to obtain the most econom ical one has very few bargaining chips in these Neotia if i appear Overly zealous about having the pipe plumbers will sense that my window of vulnerability is open and charge me bankrupt Ive prices to Clear the sweat Smith Why do you say you Are vulnerable through an open window when your problem is a closed pipe All if you want to Call it a pipe of its All right with go ahead and be a i ask the question Only because some people might conclude that a Man who refers to a clogged pipe As an open window is in mental i think Many More will conclude that Are in mental in your business youre supposed to be a phrase yet when i give you a colourful phrase by suggesting that plumbers May get at my Wallet through a vulnerable open you prefer to suggest that they would get there through a sealed its open windows that scare not sealed with All Doest everything youve told us confirm that your life is actually in consid Erable disarray life is unfair As president Kennedy life is if his thinking had not been in disarray when he said he would have said some thing More he would have life is but the inescapable daily disarray Doest mean i cant Cut the Mustard when the chips Are Sam Doest your suggestion that you put sliced Mustard on your chips Lead inevitably to the conclusion that times Reagan presidency in accelerating phaseout it is customary in the second january after each inaugural ceremony to write a midterm assessment of a that is what i set out to but it quickly became Clear that in the Case of Ronald something else is what we Are witnessing is not the midpoint in the Reagan but its it is becoming increasingly David Broder was a oneyear lasting from his nomination in the summer of 1980 to the passage of his first budget and tax Bills in the summer of what has been occurring Ever since is an accelerating Retreat from a process in which he is More Spectator than one measure of that transition was a Gallup poll showing Reagan trailing two leading democrats in trial heats for the 1984 former vice president Walter Mondale had a 5240 percent Lead and John a 5439 abdication such leads for opposition candidates Are extremely rare at this stage of the Cycle when All including enjoy an Aura of but presidential polls much More significant is the Way in which Power is moving away from Reagan in the ongoing work of what began As a process of delegation is rapidly approaching look at the world the Middle East peace Effort is at a crucial so special envoy Philip Habib is hard at the far East demands so Secretary of state George Shultz puts in a Long saturday of briefings in preparation for a trip to Japan and Western Europe stirs in response to a peace initiative from the new soviet so vice president George Bush schedules a round of High level talks in the european the president Back from his most recent California Holiday is photographed in sports heading off for a weekend at Camp most detached to be there is unfinished business to occupy As he left for Camp final decisions had not yet been made on the budget he submits at the end of the but less and less Effort is made to pretend that Reagan is managing those decisions on a Darby Day to the his own aides leaked word that he had skipped a budget and one senior official told the Washington posts Lou Cannon and David Hoffman that Reagan is probably the most detached president that has served in that office in a Long his detachment is in face of record unemployment and a fiscal crisis that threatens intolerable deficits of billion or More each year for the foreseeable Republican congressional administration economic and budget the senior White House staff and the inne Circle Cabinet members were struggling to find a Way to escape the mess that threatens the nations and the worlds Long term economic reconcile with rhetoric they brought their ideas to who sent them Back to work Why not because he was raising important questions the others had failed to or suggesting alternatives they were not imaginative enough to no one pretends that Reagan contributes to the policy analysis process in that his role was to ask How the measures they were recommending could be reconciled with his promises of 198081 and the simplistic rhetoric of his 30 years on the conservative banquet the As Cannon and Hoffman described was to make Reagan recognize that his most cherished goals could not be reconciled not with each other and not with external the real work of governing at this Point is to Deal with the complexities of the world scene and to remedy the errors and excesses of Domestic policy that marked the year of reagans Ascendancy to slow the runaway growth of defense to recapture some of the squandered Revenue to cancel the foolish indexation of tax rates before it goes into presidential obstructionist in that process of midcourse Reagan is less the Man out front than the Barrier to be even if he is persuaded to lend his voice to the he will be the at some Point Down the the phaseout of the Reagan presidency will confront the Republican party with an awkward but vital Choice of its future at that those who Are now cooperating in easing the transition from Reagan ism the Bakers and plus the key members of the White House staff and Cabinet May choose up sides in the struggle for the country is fortunate for they Are putting aside their personal ambitions and working together to fill the vacuum of leadership that reagans phaseout has Washington Post

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