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If the study (or popular ac51 52 53 54 51 G e o r g e E . Reedy, The Twilight of the Presidency 52 A n t h o n y Lewis, "Room at the T o p , " New York Times, New 53 5 4 York Times, (New York: World Pub. C o . , [c. 1970]). 5 December 1974. 29 January 1971. T h e battle raged throughout 1971 and early 1972. The House voted to halt further funding on 19 March 1972, the Senate followed soon thereafter. New York Times, 1972. 19 March 1972; 25 March Social IPolitical Context of the War on Poverty 43 counts of it) can be believed, Head Start did not work.

He talked to his people. They watched and listened to him. The landmarks are familiar; oddly enough, they can chart the rise and fall of Richard Nixon—his infamous Checkers speech in 1952, the Kennedy-Nixon debates of 1960, which (it is said) cost Nixon his first try at the presidency, and the Watergate hearings, which helped drive him from office. After the Kennedy-Nixon debates, Alan Harrington wrote in the Nation that "Until this year, most of the electorate has had to judge the . . candidates' fitness by hearsay.

He is not the least bit distant. His face is in the papers every day and on the evening news. His every move is chronicled. Since Eisenhower, not even his electrocardiograms have been exempt from public discussion. His family, even unto second cousins, shares some of his celebrity. He is praised, blamed, admired and hated; the public is obsessed with him. Politics leans on him to an incredible degree. But he is not a distant god. 22 2 3 2 2 T h e phrase "conquer poverty" is, of course, far from clear.

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