It`s the Sunday between Christmas and New Year`s Day and not much is going on. Which section of the Sunday newspaper would various famous politicians turn to first because it`s most personally interesting?
Richard Nixon: Reports from foreign capitals, followed by the NFL news.
Ronald Reagan: The op-eds
Adlai Stevenson: The society page.
Bill Clinton: The movie news. (Maybe there`s an Air Force One sequel in the works! Air Force One II? Air Force Two? Hmmmhmm ... needs work.)
George W. Bush: The sports page to catch up on the baseball Hot Stove League news.
Lyndon Johnson: Politics
Mitt Romney: The business section
Barack Obama: The book reviews, especially new upper middle-brow fiction. Obama has good taste in novels (better than mine), such as David Mitchell`s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet. (That`s a Shogun-like story of the Dutch trading outpost in Japan on an island in Nagasaki harbor in 1799. It really takes off toward end when a British navy ship arrives, as in the Nagasaki Harbor Incident of 1808 when an improvising British captain almost conquered the Dutch entrepot. Mitchell is tremendous at explaining the real-time decision making of an Age of Nelson captain. Mitchell would make a good successor to C.S. Forester and Patrick O`Brian as a writer of sea stories.)