Anybody who watches how our president operates will see that he has a consultative bent, to say the least. He rings around, he canvasses, and he creates committees and advisory panels. “Extensive consultative process” has become a mantra that seems to touch everything and anything the president does.  

In doing so the presidency has become a centre of gravity that sucks into its milieu many of the biggest brains in the country. These experts become part of the growing army of presidential advisers, consultants and confidantes...

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