THE PRESIDENCY: Morning-After Ordeal

The President of the U.S. went into his first post-election press conference the morning after Election Day with his chin high and a jaunty half-smile on his lips, but when he left half an hour later, he was drawn, grey, visibly weary. Veteran White House reporters had never seen him tire so fast. It was plain that the Democratic landslide had jolted Dwight Eisenhower badly—that he found it painful to talk about.

But talk about it he did, in snappish tones edged with determination. Asked about the reasons for his party's defeat,...

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