The President-Elect: The Quiet Time


By Dec. 1, 1952, President-elect Dwight Eisenhower had already named his entire Cabinet. Richard Nixon is in no such hurry—partly because he thinks Ike should have weighed his choices more cautiously. Despite some muttering among members of Lyndon Johnson's Administration that new Cabinet officers had better start consulting with their outgoing counterparts soon in order to smooth the transfer of power, Nixon was moving with characteristic caution.

As he did during crucial moments of the campaign, the President-elect sought complete privacy. On Florida's Key Biscayne for much of the week,...

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