The Press: Marathon

The phone call came while Presidential Press Secretary James C. Hagerty was dressing. "Dr. Snyder thinks you'd better get down here right away," said the White House telephone operator. Jim Hagerty managed to gulp a glass of milk and two pieces of toast—and rushed off to two sleepless days of a grueling news marathon. While the drama's main actor lay behind the scenes, Jim Hagerty held the center of the stage, almost the only source of public information on the President's condition until Ike was well out of danger.

When Hagerty broke the news...

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