THE NATION: Decision at Gettysburg

I have said unless I felt absolutely up to the performance of the duties of the President, the second that I didn't, I would no longer be there in the job or I wouldn't be available for the job.

—Dwight D. Eisenhower, March 7, 1956

As he looked across his land at Gettysburg this week, the President of the U.S. faced what must be the most complex and most painful decision of his life. He had suffered a heart attack in 1955, an attack of ileitis in 1956 and only last week a stroke. As the man who holds the most important...

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