DEFENSE: Ready for the Fight

"I've never seen him more cheerful or more energetic," said a member of the White House family last week of President Eisenhower. "I wish I knew all the reasons. It's definitely a change of mood." Whether the President's get-going fettle was brought on by complete recovery from his stroke, or by the feel of spring, or by other causes, it showed unmistakably in stepped-up work done (TIME, April 14), in showings—at press conferences and at his desk—of a new jauntiness and zest for issues.

Last week the new spirit surged notably because he had made up his mind to wade...

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