The Presidency: The Summing Up

It was the last time for Dwight Eisenhower to report to Congress on the State of the Union, and he used the occasion to review the achievements of his Administration. As he listed hundreds of items, two facts emerged: i) the speed with which the world has moved since 1953, and 2) the many, myriad and detailed things that a modern government does. A partial check list:

<I FOREIGN POLICY. "Since the signing of the Korean armistice in 1953, Americans have lived in peace." By its actions in the Suez crisis of 1956 and the Lebanon crisis of 1958, the...

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