THE PRESIDENCY: Without Excuses

In the frenetic baseball season of 1957, any U.S. sports fan worth his fresh roasted peanuts could quickly size up the predicament Dwight Eisenhower faced last week. A good-hit, goodfield Administration team had slithered into a slump, had begun to lose the big ones—the school bill, civil rights, etc. In the grand tradition, criticism for the slump was being hung squarely around the shoulders of the manager. There were no suggestions that he be forthwith fired. But there were plenty of jeers and birdcalls from the stands and the boxes—"lame duck," "no...

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