THE PRESIDENCY: Against the Storm

No Gallup poll was needed at the White House last week to announce a bitter bit of news: in the wake of the budget ruckus, Dwight Eisenhower's authority had ebbed low on Capitol Hill.* But among Ike's advisers unhappy knowledge drew divided reaction. Ignore it, said some. Counter it, suggested others, by delivering a frontal assault on the economy-harried Congress. Eventually Ike decided to move midway between suggestions, deliver a three-pronged plea: to the people by television, to the leaders of Congress in person, to a segment of his own disoriented party by telephone.

Beyond Rock-Bottom. First came Congress. Into...

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