THE NATION: The State of the Union

The nation, its allies, and the black backdrop of Communism were all the same. But the President of the U.S., who came before a joint session of Congress this week to deliver his message on the State of the Union, was different. Before Dwight Eisenhower had flipped four pages of his looseleaf notebook, the difference came clear. It was a new grasp of the nature of the challenge before the U.S., and in the grasp the problems themselves seemed less awesome.

The change had been wrought in the first fortnight of the new...

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