The Cabinet: Top to Bottom

One year in office, John F. Kennedy's Cabinet had shaken down in an interesting pattern. In performance and prestige, its members fell into three groups. From top to bottom:

Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara stands as the strong man of the Kennedy Cabinet. His presence is emphatically felt by the Pentagon braid; his computing-machine efficiency has won the President's high admiration.

Treasury Secretary C. Douglas Dillon scores impressively for no-nonsense administration of his department, for a clear-eyed approach to such sticky problems as the gold flow, foreign aid, and tariff reduction; the...

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