National Affairs: With Rancor Toward None

For the annual speech on the State of the Union, the floor of the newly redecorated House chamber was crowded to capacity with Senators and Representatives. Members of the diplomatic corps trooped in, followed by the Cabinet. The U.S. public watched through the peering lenses of television cameras, listened through a row of radio mikes.

Just after 1 o'clock, the President strode down the middle aisle and mounted the rostrum. He flipped open his big ring notebook and began to read.

Long Look. He spoke as chief of the world's mightiest nation, and he spoke to the nation and to the world. "The...

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