National Affairs: Promise Fulfilled

For his first big ceremonial bill signing, President Eisenhower lined up three Lucite pens, each stamped "The President, the White House." Then, picking up one pen after the other, he squiggled his signature at the bottom of the Holland bill, which returns to the states the control of offshore oil lands within their historic limits. As the bill became law, one of Ike's cardinal campaign promises became fact. He swung around from his desk with a broad grin for the assembled group of Congressmen and Senators—mostly Southern and mostly Democrats—and asked where "Mr....

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