THE PRESIDENCY: Convalescent Abroad

The morning sun was hot as President Eisenhower's Columbine touched down at Panama's Tocumen Airport. Firing borrowed U.S. Army guns, the Guardia Nacional boomed its 21-gun salute, the honor guard snapped to attention, and the band swung first into The Star-Spangled Banner and then Panama's Himno Nacional. The President of the U.S. stepped from his plane, was greeted warmly by Panama's President Ricardo Arias, dozens of military and diplomatic VIPs (including John Foster Dulles, who had arrived 13 minutes earlier). Ike, his collar size down to 15½ from 16, looked pale and...

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