Check back in a few minutes

Server Maintenance

Your server is going through a few minutes of routine maintenance. Please don't touch your browser for a few minutes.

What do I do?

  • If you were posting a comment or making a post on your blog then do not press BACK on your browser. Wait 5 minutes and press the refresh icon on your browser. Your comment or post will be sent as normal.
  • If you are browsing a blog here just wait a few moments and hit refresh. The page you were expecting will appear.

THE PRESIDENCY: Merry Christmas

December's early twilight had barely faded one chill evening last week, when the President of the U.S. and his wife arrived on the Ellipse south of the White House. The Marine Band and a red-robed choir were raising the strains of the Hallelujah Chorus for a gathering crowd as the President made his way to a stage near the national Christmas tree, a 67-ft. balsam fir. Dwight Eisenhower removed his overcoat, stood bareheaded in the night air and gave his Christmas greetings to the world.

This Christmas, said the President, "the drums of war are still. In their silence, after...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!