THE PRESIDENCY: News among Newsmen

The news was brought to the President as he sat in the long ballroom of the Willard Hotel, surrounded by newspaper veterans, bigwigs from all over the U.S., Washington officialdom, the diplomatic corps and all the quasi-humorous paraphernalia of the semiannual Gridiron dinner. The dinner had been the same, the entertainment duller than usual. Massachusetts' tall young Republican Senator, Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., had spoken for the Loyal Opposition.

Then came the first news, only an appetizer. At the far end of the hall a New York Times office boy came to the door, handed a torn-off news-ticker scrap to a...

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