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Geoffrey Perret on: MacArthur as President?
Geoffrey Perret PERRET: Terrible president. MacArthur would have made a terrible president. He would have failed spectacularly. A president has to negotiate all of the time. MacArthur was only capable of negotiating some of the time. The president has to be able to make deals with people. With all kinds of people over all kinds of issues. MacArthur was not a deal making kind of guy. He just couldn't have handled the political side of being president. The leadership role, the statesman role, which is really the way he saw it, that, he could have done. But the down to earth nitty gritty problems that come across the president's desk everyday, most of them would have driven him wild. He would have seen them as being petty and irritating and distracting.

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