THE PRESIDENCY: All Up To Ike

The day came and went when President Eisenhower, by his doctors' glowing post-operative estimate, was to leave Walter Reed Hospital to convalesce. Instead, Ike was advised to stay another week. Though Republicans made cheerful assertions that he was still their man, that the convention would still be short, that he and Vice President Nixon would win by acclamation, the continued hospital stay pointed up their private problem: Dwight Eisenhower might not be available at all.

The extra week in the hospital was ordered partly to help Ike gain back some of the 7 lbs. stripped away by...

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