The Presidency: Cautious Optimism

As early as last September, department and agency heads in Washington started passing along to the White House their program and budget requests for the coming year. President Kennedy and Aide Ted Sorensen collected the pieces, sifted and shifted them until a picture took shape; then, last week. Sorensen flew to Palm Beach with an outline of the President's State of the Union message, to be delivered to Congress this week. In Palm Beach, the President reviewed the Sorensen outline, penciled in copious notes and packed Sorensen off to the Palm Beach...

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