THE PRESIDENCY: Close to a Flop

The White House did not even need to count its mail to know that the President's save-the-budget TV message was the closest thing to a political flop that Ike has ever had. Most perceptive editorial writers agreed with what he said ("earnest and impressive," said the often-critical Washington Post and Times Herald). But most also thought that he was far too late in saying it. "He should have moved when Secretary Humphrey made his incredible [curl your hair] criticism," said the pro-budget Atlanta Constitution. "Meanwhile, the enemies took possession of the field...

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