THE PRESIDENCY: Into the Maelstrom

Dwight Eisenhower has been heard to refer to his oval, pastel-green White House office as "the maelstrom." Like other Presidents before him, he chafes at the number of visitors and routine chores (including some 200 signatures a day) that drain presidential time and energy away from the task of setting and steering the nation's course. He has succeeded in snipping away a little red tape (e.g., he shifted to the Chief of Naval Operations the chore of signing naval-officer assignment papers), but every now & then a presidential aide will hear him...

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