West Germany: Obituaries Were Premature

Over morning coffee, Bonn celebrated the first day P.A.—Post-Adenauer. Almost in disbelief, politicians of all parties concluded that West Germany's fourth postwar election had finally scuttled the Old Chancellor. Angrily, Konrad Adenauer vented his rage on campaign officials, the Socialists, the U.S. (for not allowing him to accompany Lyndon Johnson to Berlin, which would have been great campaign publicity). When he announced a press conference for noon, friends and foes alike guessed that der Alte was about to step down. Instead, the Old Fox left no doubt that in West Germany it was still Anno Adenauer.

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