THE PRESIDENCY: Pink Frosting & Champagne

Secret Servicemen clustered about a big mansion on Washington's ornate Embassy Row one night last week like drones attending the queen bee. Inside, in the rococo, tapestry-hung ballroom of Anderson House, the President of the United States sat beaming before a heap of ten-cent-store toys and a big pink and gold cake topped by three candles. He puffed once and blew them out. The 70-odd guests—the Cabinet, some of the Supreme Court, the White House guard and their wives—applauded happily. House Speaker Sam Rayburn proposed a toast (in domestic champagne) to the future.

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