The Administration: Folk Singer in Striped Pants

Special clothes hangers had to be found to accommodate the Indian Prime Minister's flowing silk saris. Red roses—her late father's favored flower —were arrayed around Blair House. As to whether Indira Gandhi should address the all-male National Press Club or the ladies' press corps or both, it was diplomatically decided that a joint session was called for. Executing such arrangements would be delicate even for old protocol hands. Yet this week's state visit—the first ever by a woman Premier—marked a last-minute premiere for a novice. Unruffled, James Wadsworth Symington recalls his stint as a Marine private. Said he: "You learn...

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