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an award from the program’s two main sponsoring organizations, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Public/Private Ventures. Jim was there to echo the praise that President Bush himself had heaped on the program over the years, including during several events with Amachi leaders, volunteers, and beneficiaries in Philly. He touted the president’s Mentoring the Children of Prisoners program, which had dedicated $150 million over four years to this mission. A little over four years earlier, before he started as director in February 2002, Jim had spent several hours

156 10 Presidents and Chancellors Recent studies of universities, a familiar form of organized anarchy, suggest that such organizations can be viewed for some purposes as collections of choices looking for problems, issues and feelings looking for decision situa- tions in which they might be aired, solutions looking for issues to which they might be an answer, and decision makers looking for work. —Michael D. Cohen, James G. March, and Johan P. Olsen, “A Garbage Can Model of Organizational Choice,” 1972 “It has been pointed out that I seem to have a knack for

54 4 Seventeenth President [Both chancellors and presidents] are surrounded with potential adversar- ies but only the president has no rooting section—only potential assailants, except for the members of his or her own personal staff and, possibly, the regents. . . . At all times, the urgent issue was: how much could I accomplish and how well in whatever time was available? —Clark Kerr, The Gold and the Blue, vol. 1 The presidency of the UC system is a task of extraordinary complexity. Lo- cated at the nexus of the often conflicting expectations of the regents

his Creator to fallen man & left by human institutions as free as they were given, are not sufficient to lead him into the paths of liberty ADMINISTRATION AND PAT EON AGE 321 Among the rejoicing Democrats none felt more sincere satis- faction in the defeat of Henry Clay or expressed a more ardent wish for the success of the new administration than did the '' old hero" at the Hermitage. In a letter written two days after the inauguration he told Polk that I have the pleasure to congratulate my country on your now being, really, president of the United

FIVE The President's Program On inauguration day, the prime interest rate stood at 20 percent. The dominant economic issue remained inflation, not unemployment; thus, both media and politicians still emphasized reducing spending to balance the budget. The air of panic remained from 1980. "When Ronald Reagan steps into the White House next week," Newsweek wrote, "he will inherit the most dangerous economic crisis since Franklin D. Roosevelt took office 48 years ago."1 Lack of support for social spending was revealed, in another way, by President Carter

ELEVEN Cabinet Versus President ACCORDING TO the provisional constitution of the Republic of China proclaimed in March 1912,1 the powers of government were to be exercised by four bodies: the Senate, the President, the cabinet, and the judiciary. The power of the Senate acting as the nation's legisla- ture, and that of the judiciary as the guardian of law, seem to have been well defined. The source of confusion lay in the executive. The power of the executive was from the start a bone of contention between the President and the cabinet, and the adoption

CHAPTER XIV PRESIDENT-ELECT Various individuals and factions claimed the credit for Polk's nomination and election, and as soon as the result of the ballot- ing had become known their claims to recognition were presented. While in one sense it was true that the successful candidate owed his elevation to a number of discordant elements within the party, in another sense he was under no obligation to any of them. "With the exception perhaps of the younger element the several groups within the party had united on Polk, not from choice but necessity, and not

PORTRAIT OF PRESIDENT ROOS (No. 20) By S I R A N T H O N Y V A N D Y C K (1599-1641) Canvas, 26 by 22 inches W E HAVE noted elsewhere (No. 2) the names of two famous artists who began their careers as assistants to Rubens—Jakob Jordaens and Anton Van Dyck. The first was to remain always very strongly influenced by his master, but Van Dyck was to break away and develop a style of his own—one as elegant, spiritual, and refined as that of Rubens was lusty and robust. Van Dyck entered the studio of Rubens at the age of nineteen and so great was his talent

129 . e i g h t of Presidents and Politics the presidency of the American Historical Association symbolized the pinnacle of professional achievement to which bolton aspired. by 1922 five of bolton’s teachers and patrons had been elected to that high office: McMaster (1905), Jameson (1907), turner (1910), Stephens (1915), and Haskins (1922). If Stephens could reach the pinnacle from berkeley, why not bolton? there were signs that the AHA leader- ship thought he might be made of presidential timber. two months after publish- ing his mission article in the