The Press: Ike's Press Secretary

In the bleak early hours after his heart attack, President Eisenhower instructed Dr. Howard Snyder: "You tell Jim for me to take over." White House Press Secretary James C. (for Campbell) Hagerty. who had been vacationing at home in Washington, landed at Lowry Air Force Base that evening and took over. For the next seven days, until Presidential Assistant Sherman Adams arrived in Denver, Jim Hagerty was the only official link between the stricken President and the worried world.

Faced with a pack of more than 100 newsmen, Jim Hagerty, 46, reversed the Administration's...

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