Nation: Grappling with Succession & Disability

The events of last Nov. 22 stepped up the argument among politicians, legal scholars and political scientists over what to do about a glaring deficiency in the U.S. constitution: its silence on the transfer of executive power when a President is disabled. Last week a Washington forum of the American Bar Association heard from one to whom the question is far from academic. Said Dwight D. Eisenhower: "I have a personal interest in this. Three times I was reminded that I was one of those people who might be found with a disability."

Looking fit and ruddy-faced, Eisenhower reminisced about his...

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