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Behold! The error you are making that is leading to your confusion over the behavior of the President-Perhaps is this: Many people, such as the writers of Succession, believe that Presidents are not powerful individuals, but simply proxies for the interests of powerful organizations. Mencken is loitering at the reception because in the mind of the writers, the President is nothing more than a minor functionary of "The Political Machine" that chooses who will be in charge

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