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...

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