A reporter at President Eisenhower's press conference last week noted that most newspapers had prepared critiques of the Administration's first six months, and asked the President to contribute some self-appraisal. Dwight Eisenhower hesitated momentarily, then began by saying that he would be deceitful if he tried to pretend that everything he had hoped to accomplish had been done. But progress had been made, and the President had a word for it: "Gradualism."

There are many reasons, he explained, why his is a gradualist Administration. The Republican Party is divided up into different kinds,of thinking, said the President; you have differences, so...

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