National Affairs: Public Paces

While the Kennedys fought for their right to informality in their private lives, they went through their public diplomatic paces last week with the same zesty grace. At the first big White House wingding of the season, the President and First Lady greeted ambassadors and their wives as they sipped champagne and nibbled at small cakes. There were fires in all the fireplaces, and the flowers, said Mme. Hervé Alphand, wife of the French ambassador, "looked as if they have been arranged by a human hand instead of by a florist." It was a warm and friendly gathering. President Kennedy in...

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