THE PRESIDENCY: Crisis in Leadership

"Peace, progress and prosperity" has been a continuing—and unassailable—accomplishment as well as a slogan of the Eisenhower Administration. After Russia's Sputnik flashed across the sky, and after the stock market plunged, progress suddenly seemed—in headlines, at least—the sole property of the Russians. Turning to Washington for reassurance, the U.S. saw administrative confusion, sensed a crisis in leadership and demanded action.

Last week there was action. The President reminded the U.S. of both its strengths and weaknesses. The stock market rallied. The missile program exploded with successes. The spur-of-the-moment conference between Dwight Eisenhower and Britain's Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, formless in...

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