THE PRESIDENCY: The Rough & the Smooth

"I am going to lay the facts before you —the rough with the smooth," said President Eisenhower. "Some of these security facts are reassuring; others are not—they are sternly demanding."

Sputnik 11 had brought the Administration under new and stinging fire. Senate Democratic Leader Lyndon Johnson, who was trumpeting economy only last summer, was now moving full speed ahead on plans to investigate the Administration's defense program. Some hysterical pundits were suggesting a negotiated peace with the Russians "before it is too late." It was time for Ike to move fast.

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