THE PRESIDENCY: The General Rose at Dawn

The President seemed to be in a carefree and folksy mood when he began his long pilgrimage to shake the hand of General Douglas MacArthur. But once the presidential DC-6, Independence, left St. Louis, his jocularity vanished. At California's Fairfield-Suisun Air Force Base he barely nodded to photographers. In Hawaii the next morning, Admiral Arthur W. Radford's pretty wife welcomed him according to island custom; when she put a lei around his neck and kissed his cheek, he reddened, took off the floral offering as if it were poison ivy.

When he...

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