THE PRESIDENCY: Patience & Impatience

All week long the White House telegraphed hints of the annoyance of the man inside. The President was thoroughly irritated by the McCarthy-Army hearings; he felt that they were wasting time, creating a bad impression abroad and, most of all, he felt that they were diverting attention from world problems and frustrating his legislative program. At his press conference the President made an admirable effort to muffle his feelings, but they showed through.

The Eisenhower wrath began to rise when, toward the end of the conference, a reporter asked if Defense Secretary...

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