The Presidency: 'Formidable! Formidable!


To the White House last week came the first state visitor since President Johnson's inauguration. He was little (5 ft. 6 in.) Maurice Yameogo, President of the little (105,900 sq. mi.), new nation of Upper Volta. Yameogo, 43, came to Washington a fan of Abraham Lincoln; he left a fan of Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Yameogo's landlocked West African country, one of the smallest and poorest of Africa's new nations, has about 4,500,000 inhabitants, whose yearly per capita income is only $50. Once part of French West Africa, Upper Volta gained its independence in 1960 and elected Yameogo, then 38, its...

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