THE CABINET: The Testing of Engine Charlie

Shortly after 1 a.m., in the rear of the presidential box at the McDonough gym inaugural hall, Dwight Eisenhower and Charles Erwin Wilson* talked about the Wilson crisis. Ike seemed vehement, once made a table-pounding motion with his doubled fist. Wilson was having his say too. Later, Eisenhower's aides said the President told Wilson that he wanted him to do whatever was necessary to qualify as Defense Secretary. A few hours later, Secretary of the Treasury George Humphrey heard from friends on Capitol Hill exactly what Wilson would have to do: sell...

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