THE PRESIDENT-ELECT: Setting the Course

The shouts and cheers of half a million Washingtonians faded behind Ike Eisenhower as he stepped inside the door of the executive wing of the White House last week for his conference with Harry Truman. "Good morning, folks," said Ike cheerily to the newsmen and White House employees who packed the big executive lobby. Official Receptionist Bill Simmons shouldered into view to shake Ike's hand. "I imagine you're rather tired," said Bill. "No," said Ike, "this hasn't been such a hard day."

By the White House clock, Ike was a couple of minutes...

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