When Mamie Eisenhower called her first White House press conference last week, Washington's newshens, elegantly hatted and with pencils poised, flocked to the White House radio-TV room (once part of the kitchen) for the big event. Mamie invited the male correspondents, too, and though they outnumbered the ladies, the men hung shyly back, asked only one question: How was the White House food? Fine, said Mamie.

The First Lady looked radiant and chic in a grey suit, handled herself with aplomb. After the picture-taking, she flashed a big smile at the ladies, sat down at a desk and said "Good morning."...

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