THE ADMINISTRATION: Making of a State Paper

Of all U.S. state papers, none is more formally conceived or more intricately worked over than the State of the Union message to Congress. In 1955 at least 600 Government officials were consulted during the five months in which President Eisenhower's message was prepared. It was still incomplete the night before its delivery. The chronology:

Aug. 5. Ike summoned his Cabinet to the White House to outline the message he meant to deliver. It would be brief, he said, with an outside limit of 25 minutes' reading time; it would sum up the accomplishments of his Administration to date, and hammer...

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