Based on the statement below, how can you characterize George Reedy's opinion of the power of the U.S presidency?"the life of the white house is the life of a court. It is a structure designed for...

Based on the statement below, how can you characterize George Reedy's opinion of the power of the U.S presidency?

"the life of the white house is the life of a court. It is a structure designed for one purpose and one purpose only ------to serve the material needs and desires of a single man..... He is treated with all the reverence due monarch....... No one ever invites him to 'go soak your head' when is demands become petulant and unreasonable"

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Based on what Reedy is saying here, he clearly sees things in the way that scholars who believed in the "imperial presidency" saw things.  He believes that the power of the president is excessive, at least with regard to what it does to the character of the president.

What Reedy is saying is that the president essentially gets spoiled.  If no one ever says "no" to the president in his (or someday her) demands, then the president will come to have an inflated sense of his power and of what to expect from people.  He will come to think everyone should obey him and will lose touch with how he ought to be acting.

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