THE PRESIDENCY: Hot Line from Augusta

To newsmen on the White House beat, Augusta in the midst of a Jordanian crisis seemed to be the wrong place for major decisions of state. Isolated both from President Eisenhower and from familiar White House sources, they groused to one another that Ike's place during a new Middle East flare-up was in Washington, not Georgia. At the White House the President would have been available for National Security Council briefings, in closer touch with diplomatic and military aides, in a position to contribute to the give-and-take of policymaking. Countering this was an obvious accomplishment: from Augusta nothing that...

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