THE PRESIDENCY: Ear to the Ground Swell

Slowly recovering from the hacking cough that has punctuated his speeches and conversation since Inauguration Day, President Eisenhower last week was discomforted by further complications. Striding into his 103rd press conference, the President surveyed his audience through eyes moist and red-rimmed from a stubborn head cold. Tamped into his left ear was a medicated wad of cotton. To newsmen about to ply him with such lackluster inquiries as whether he drinks the District of Columbia's fluoridated tap water (he does), Ike explained that his hearing temporarily was not good (Presidential Physician Howard McC. Snyder's diagnosis: an inflamed Eustachian tube). The...

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