THE PRESIDENCY: State of the Union

A few hours before Dwight Eisenhower delivered his annual State of the Union message last week, he was still penciling away at his text. Bent on making the speech express his own outlook and aspirations, he had done most of the writing and rewriting himself, reworking key passages again and again. The result was so balanced, so moderate in tone that it stirred no notable reaction; moreover, Ike was saving his specific legislative recommendations for this week's budget message (sure to make Congress come alive, since the $72 billion proposed budget...

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