The Press: Summit Simmer

For the 1,832 correspondents from 38 countries who packed into Paris last week, no story of the NATO conference was followed more avidly than President Eisenhower's health. News-starved reporters based endless prognostications on Ike's posture and color, analyzed his inflections with elocutionary zeal. With every minor schedule change came a new flock of rumors; the evening that Ike canceled his appearance at the initial NATO banquet, Paris-Presse reported breathlessly that he had brought along his oxygen tent. To scuttle the scuttlebutt, White House Press Secretary James C. Hagerty opened his thrice-daily press...

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