Dwight Eisenhower likes to meet people, exchange views. In the White House, this amiable quality can be a weakness as well as an asset. Last week the President decided that hereafter he would try to reserve each Thursday afternoon to concentrate alone on top policy.

The President's seventh and busiest week in office was a good example of why he needed to set aside one afternoon a week for quiet thought. First & foremost was the news from Russia, which required several extraordinary conferences with top intelligence and diplomatic aides. General Van Fleet came in to give his Chief a...

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