THE PRESIDENCY: On with the Trip

It was only 48 hours after his arrival in Manila from Alaska that President Eisenhower got the news from Japan. ¶In the span of those few hours, Ike's reception had been a blazing triumph, hailed by more than a million Filipinos, flower-laden girls, boisterous, cheering mobs, tons of gaily colored confetti—the warmest welcome he had received since his historic visit to India. Now hundreds of thousands of Filipinos gathered in Manila's bayside Luneta park for a civic reception. Ike and President Carlos Garcia were standing on the ramp of a concrete bandstand, reviewing a military parade. A U.S....

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