THE PRESIDENCY: Dienbienphu to Texas City

When President Eisenhower strode into his press-conference room one morning last week, 212 inquisitive reporters were waiting. The President gave them a quick smile, squared his shoulders to face their barrage of straight and curved questions. In the next 27 minutes, the press and the President provided ample evidence that 1) the President of the U.S. faces more big and little problems than any other man in the world, and 2) he is fully expected to talk about any or all of them, in minute detail, and on the spur of...

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