THE PRESIDENCY: Playing the Ace

In the new global game of personal diplomacy, President Eisenhower was slow to play the U.S.'s ace—himself. As the world's most popular political leader, he is also the U.S.'s most effective ambassador. Last week Ike announced an historic presidential diplomatic mission. He will swing for 19 days and 19,500 miles through nine nations of Southern Europe and Southern Asia, centering on the Western summit meeting in Paris, Dec. 19. Said he: There will not be "a great deal of time for dallying along the way."

The President's trip also will serve a specific and timely diplomatic purpose that goes beyond good...

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