The Paris Conference: That Old Magic

Paris taxi drivers had only one question for their U.S. passengers: "How is General Ike?" The people of Western Europe had awaited Ike's arrival half in dread, fearful that illness had drained his vitality and transformed the buoyant commander of World War II into a tired old man. But as the President of the U.S. plunged eagerly into a hectic round of private talks and public appearances, fear gave way to reassurance. "Ike's smile," reported Paris' Journal du Dimanche, "has again played its magic role."

Only on the first day of the meeting did...

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