Tevi Troy: How Presidents Ring In the New Year

From a Wall Street Journal opinion piece by Tevi Troy headlined “How Presidents Ring In the New Year”:

How you celebrate New Year’s Eve can reveal a lot. Extroverts revel in party and song. Homebodies remain home as balls drop and corks pop. When it comes to presidents, their December 31 habits have often reflected their character and that of their presidencies.

George W. Bush is a good example. When asked by reporters in late 2004 about his New Year’s plans, Mr. Bush replied laconically, “Early to bed.” His father spent New Year’s Eve 1989 visiting wounded U.S. soldiers who had liberated Panama from Manuel Noriega’s dictatorship.