National Affairs: The Gas Blast

As President Eisenhower was leaving the Glen Arven golf course at noon, Press Secretary James Hagerty told him that his message vetoing the natural-gas bill was ready for distribution to newsmen. Said the President: "I guess that will knock the golf off the front pages." That afternoon the press took front-page note of Ike's return to golf, but it was his pointed, seven-paragraph veto message* that won the banner headlines and spun editorial writers in their swivel chairs.

Defiant Arrogance. "I am unable to approve [the gas bill]," the President wrote. "This I regret...

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