THE PRESIDENCY: Waiting for the Bell

Theoretically, it was time to get some work done around the White House. Congress was gone from Washington, the national political eye was on Chicago, and there were plenty of pending problems ranging all the way from Suez to the 1958 budget. But problems or no, President Eisenhower was acting like a championship fighter waiting impatiently in his dressing room for an end to the political preliminaries and the main event bell.

Early in the week he went before the cameras for his two-minute stint in a 27-minute Republican campaign movie (Peace, Progress...

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