Historical Notes: The Valet's View

Any official preparing drafts of presidential pronouncements may well know the mind of the Chief Executive better than any member of his Cabinet, for the dialogue between the two is boundless. But the weight of the aide's role is easily exaggerated . . . All that Dwight Eisenhower chose to "wear" in public belonged to him, not to any valet or tailor of his language. And in this spirit I shall so report it.

And so he does.

No man, perhaps, is a hero to his valet. But in The Ordeal of Power, Journalist...

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