The Presidency: Paste This in Your Hat

Even for Washington, it was an extraordinary session. Crowded into the White House Cabinet Room a fortnight ago were about 50 top officials of the Pentagon, State Department, Central Intelligence Agency and other offices dealing with the life-and-death issues. The guest list had been dictated by President Kennedy; every man in the room had been required to write out an acceptance, promising personal attendance instead of sending a standin. Last week the echoes of that meeting were still sounding in Washington—and they would continue to do so for a long while.

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