THE PRESIDENCY: The Alligator & the Squirrels

One rainy afternoon last week, President Eisenhower took over a chore for his wife and came face to face with an angry alligator. Because of the bad weather, Mamie Eisenhower, just recovered from the flu, was unable to make a scheduled appearance at the National Capital Flower and Garden Show. "I've been a lot of places in my life," Ike said as he took her place, "but this is my first jaunt to a flower show. If I make any mistakes, don't hold it against me."

"Shame!" In the National Guard Armory the air was fragrant with thousands...

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