STATE OF BUSINESS: The Chronic Optimist

Into the Indian Treaty Room of the Executive Office Building last week strode a pipe-smoking, professorial man to face a group of some 40 Washington correspondents. "My name is Burns, Arthur F.," said he briskly. "First of all, I'd like to request that some kind soul among you, after 30 or 40 minutes, declare in peremptory tones that this meeting has gone on long enough."

Thus began the first press conference held by Dwight Eisenhower's chief economic adviser since he took office 15 months ago. By the time it ended an hour later, Dr. Burns had ranged all over the...

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