THE PRESIDENCY: Speak Softly

At last week's press conference, President Eisenhower, although he didn't say so, borrowed a leaf from his Republican predecessor, Theodore Roosevelt. Agreeing with Defense Secretary Charles E. Wilson, who had complained that Americans have been doing too much "atom rattling" by scare headlines and speeches warning of the nation's military might, the President said he has spent some little time at war, and he didn't think that big and bombastic talk was the thing that other people fear.

A number of campaigns were fought over in Europe, the President observed, and he didn't recall once issuing a pre-campaign statement that his...

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