The friendly-looking man behind the thick-lensed glasses peered around him at the triumphal archway, the red, white, and green Italian flags, the guards of honor, the crowds, the bands, the bannered words of welcome: BENVENUTO AL PRESIDENTE GRONCHI. Along Pennsylvania Avenue he rode at a stately pace, surrounded by the trappings accorded only to the nation's most distinguished visitors, amid the resounding music of military bands. At the White House President Eisenhower was waiting on the steps. "So good to see you," Eisenhower greeted his visitor. "It is the first time an Italian President has visited this country. I...

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