National Affairs: Courting

A big black Cadillac limousine pulled up in front of the president's house at Columbia University, and out popped a man who is temporarily one of the most powerful political figures in the U.S.: Pennsylvania's Governor John S. Fine. He went right in. One lunch and more than three hours later, John Fine stepped out the front door with Ike Eisenhower, and they smilingly posed for pictures.

Then the host slipped back into the house and the reporters went after the departing guest.

What had Fine and Ike talked about? "Practical politics," said Fine, obviously pleased with all this. "I never discuss anything...

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