The Presidency: The Luxury of Dissension

The night was cold, the sidewalks icy, but the unconcerned couple and their German shepherd pet strolled on. Other pedestrians, their faces buried in their coats, paid them little heed. How could they have known that Jack. Jackie and Clipper would be out walking the streets near 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?

President Kennedy last week gave a relaxed impression. His Cuba policies were still under fire, and what to do about accommodating or getting around the bulky presence of Charles de Gaulle affected everything from the Common Market to NATO and nukes. But Kennedy moved cautiously and patiently, as...

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