THE PRESIDENCY: Cabin by the Pines

Purring southward from Washington through a chill morning overcast, the presidential Constellation Columbine headed for Fort Benning, Ga., and landed. President Eisenhower and the First Lady, on their way to a six-day Thanksgiving vacation, had decided to pick up their son and his family at the Army camp where he is a battalion commander. Major John Eisenhower met the plane, but reminded his father of an old infantry tradition: a good officer eats holiday dinners with his men. He would stay until Thanksgiving afternoon, said the major. He bundled his wife Barbara,...

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