THE PRESIDENCY: Doubleheader

In his second-hat role as chief of the Republican Party, Dwight Eisenhower last week undertook his first political expedition since the November election. Occasion: the New York Republican state committee's $100-a-plate fund-raising dinner in Manhattan. With the President of the U.S. as the star attraction, the committee got more $100 customers (3,900) than any hotel ballroom could hold, so it hired two hotel ballrooms, one at the Astor and one at the Waldorf-Astoria. Ike agreed to give his speech twice—"pitch a doubleheader," as he put it.

The President planned to make the trip in a DC-6 chartered by the committee...

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