National Affairs: STATE OF THE UNION

For more than four months, Dwight Eisenhower and his team labored over the State of the Union message. The job began last September, when the President sent out a call to heads of 20 major departments and agencies of the Federal Government. From the mountain of data that poured in, the White House staff distilled a 15,000-word rough draft. Then, line by line, President Eisenhower knifed through it with his sharp yellow pencil, suggesting, rewriting, calling for more new facts. The process went on at the White House, then in the little office in Georgia above the pro shop at the...

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