National Affairs: Meet Your Problems

Two days before Dwight Eisenhower was lifted into the ambulance at the White House south portico, the President and his lady descended the portico's graceful staircase to greet 200 "students" in a Young Republican leadership-training school. Head bare under a hot sun, Ike welcomed his youthful guests, admonished them to search for truth and apply it, reminded them that political parties must be dedicated not to seizure of power but to ideals.

Digressing, the President offered a pinch of personal philosophy: "If you will meet your problems as they come up and get the satisfaction of a job well done—play hard—have fun...

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