THE PRESIDENCY: Recruiting a Team

In the jungle heat of Washington last week President Eisenhower devoted most of his time to a torpid and sluggish Congress.

One night the President sat down to a steak dinner with 46 of the 48 freshmen Republicans from the lower house. After coffee, he gave an informal half-hour talk. Ike did not preach or threaten. He outlined the policies of his Administration and quietly explained the reasons for them. Afterwards, the Congressmen kept Ike on his feet for an hour answering a steady drumfire of questions that covered everything from Korea to extension of the excess profits tax.

The President...

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