National Affairs: Protocol Short Cut

Traditionally, each newly arrived foreign ambassador to the U.S. presents his credentials to the President in a stiff ceremony calling for brief formal speeches on both sides. Since Ike's heart attack, however, ambassadors new to Washington have been forced to content themselves with presenting their credentials to the State Department. To compensate them for the change, the President last week tried a timesaving new wrinkle in diplomacy—a protocol-free stag luncheon for the twelve ambassadors he had not yet met. Pleased with the opportunity to meet the President and his staff informally, the ambassadors...

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