THE PRESIDENCY: On the Firing Line

"The President," argues one White House staffer, "is the biggest gun we've got." Last week, amid mounting evidence of Democratic campaign achievement, Dwight Eisenhower wheeled dramatically onto the political firing line on behalf of his own candidate, Richard Nixon. In a nationally telecast speech before 1,800 G.O.P. faithful in Philadelphia, an indignant Ike struck coldly back at John Kennedy's "amazing irresponsibility" and "unwarranted disparagement of our moral, military and economic power." It was, by far, his most forceful political speech of the past four years.

Never once mentioning Kennedy by name, the...

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