THE PRESIDENCY: Sawing Off a Limb

One day last week Springfield's Illinois State Fair drew the biggest crowd (225,000) in its history. The main attraction: the broad grin of Dwight Eisenhower, entirely surrounded by Republican politicians.

Nothing Personal. Ike flew to Springfield to help the G.O.P. ticket and. especially, Senatorial Candidate Joseph T. Meek, former lobbyist for the Illinois Federation of Retail Associations, disciple of the Chicago Tribune. There was nothing personal in Ike's help for Meek. The senatorial candidate was not at the airport to meet the President. At lunch in the governor's mansion, Meek was not seated at Ike's table. When the presidential motorcade...

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