National Affairs: Magnolia Time

At the White House, the magnolias were in full bloom and a fountain, surrounded by orange tulips, splashed beguilingly. Gardeners gave the lawn its first spring trim, and the smell of new-mown grass wafted through the open windows of Dwight Eisenhower's office. The President, like most Americans, responded to the beck of spring, tried to fit a little fun into the pressing routine of work. Last week he:

¶ Spent nine full hours (running right through lunch) in conference with members of the National Security Council and its seven civilian consultants. Their main topic: the...

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