Nation: The Small Type

It was great for newspaper street sales —and for exciting everyone who overlooked the smaller type. J.F.K. CALLING 150,000 RESERVES, cried the New York

Post. KENNEDY ASKS CRISIS TROOPS, headlined the Chicago American. Actually, all the furs and fanfare was just about as misleading as the presidential action itself.

All President Kennedy had done, explained the small type, was to ask Congress for stand-by authority to call up 150,000 members of the Ready Reserve between now and next February—a period in which Congress mainly would be in adjournment or just getting reorganized. White House aides said that he asked for the power, not...

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