The Vice Presidency: What Hubert Said

Two more different men could hardly be imagined. There was Charles de Gaulle, soldier, statesman, and symbol of a nation's pride, who once wrote that a great leader must "possess something indefinable, mysterious." And there was Hubert Horatio Humphrey, the boy from the drug store in Huron, S. Dak., who likes to say that a politician must "never forget he's just one of the folks." Yet in their meeting last week amid the Louis XV antiques of Paris' Elysee Palace, the French President and the U.S. Vice President got on quite nicely together.

The session was set up on short notice:...

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