It was not what he said, so much as the way he said it. In Rome last week, Dwight Eisenhower made no remarks about any plans for the presidency. But when his big Constellation took off from Ciampino Airport, after a 48-hour visit to the NATO conference (see FOREIGN NEWS), he left every political observer in the city convinced that a candidate's button was firmly pinned on his blouse beneath his five-star insigne.

In his speech to NATO, he sometimes sounded—as he certainly had a right to—like a man talking to an audience on the other side of the Atlantic....

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