The big glass doors of the Executive Wing of the White House are apt to fool a stranger—they open inward, in violation of Washington's fire regulations. In the first weeks of the Eisenhower Administration, the doors rattled constantly, as new hands tried to familiarize themselves with the place. But by last week there was little fumbling at the doors, the President and his staff had shaken down, and the office was ticking competently along.

For the moment, at least, the affairs of state were in such good order that the President found time for the first...

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