THE PRESIDENCY: The Succession Agreement

President Eisenhower's three major illnesses have confronted the U.S. with a black-and-white problem in an area where its Constitution is disturbingly grey: What happens when a President, by reason of physical disability, is unable to carry on?

Quietly, almost casually, in his press conference last week, the President gave his own precedent-breaking answer: he has made his own arrangements for Vice President Richard Nixon to take over in the event of his disability.

Between himself and the Vice President, said Dwight Eisenhower, there is "a rather unique state of mutual confidence and even...

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