THE PRESIDENCY: Easy to Talk About

Not for weeks had Dwight Eisenhower looked so well: his color was good, his step quick. Nevertheless, health-conscious Washington buzzed with rumor. Under congressional consideration, but likely to advance nowhere, were proposals for firmly certifying presidential disability and transferring presidential functions to the Vice President (including an Administration recommendation advanced by Attorney General Herbert Brownell Jr., delegating responsibility for the decision to the Cabinet). The hubbub prompted a blunt question at the President's press conference: Was Ike planning to resign? Replied the President coldly: "The worst rot that I have...

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