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ANOTHER TEAR BEGINS—WhiIe Mrs. Eisenhower leans over to watch, President Eisenhower
examines one of the books presented to him by the White House staff today on his second
anniversary as President. The eight-volume set is titled "Great Centuries of Painting,” and
contains reproductions of art masterpieces. It was printed in Switzerland.
All Is Not Gold That Utters
Walls of Press Parley Room
By Mary McGrory ,
That most democratic insti
tution, the Presidential press
conference, has been further
democratized by the admission
of television and newsreel cam
eras. The setting, however, is
anything but American gothic.
That plain-spoken man. the
President, talks to the press sur
rounded by angels in one of the
Capital’s most exuberantly or
nate rooms. Gold stars look
down on him from the celling.
Dolphins, salamanders and god
desses confront him. So do re
porters.
All the television camera and
the three newsreel cameras and
their accompanying floodlights
did was to bring out the gleam
of the marble panels around the
room and the glitter of the gold
on the Corinthian columns. Here,
plainly, some flung
aside Federal .inhibitions and
went quietly mad. .
Known formally as the
“Treaty - Room Conference
Room” of the Bureau of the
Budget, the place cries out for
the stringed ensemble, the
potted palm and the waltz. It
is easy to ipaaglne the dowagers
beaming from the balcony,
which is UIfKU'WKU a*fWnght
iron balustrade bristling with
eagles and salamanders. The
wallflowers could study the stone
goddesses whose heads guard
thf windows, or the dolphins
Stevens Ready to Aid
McClellan If Peress,
Case Is Reopened
By James Y. Newton
Secretary of the Army Btevens
was reported today to have of
fered his full co-operation in the
event that Chairman McClellan
and his Senate Investigations
subcommittee decide finally to
reopen the Peress case.
Mr. Stevens called on the
Arkansas Senator late yesterday
ostensibly about an Army order
closing a hospital in Hot Springs.
Ark. But it was understood that
the Army Secretary has assured
Senator McClellan that he would
testify in the event that he was
asked to in the Peress case and
would produce any records the
Senators may desire.
A meeting to organize the
Investigations subcommittee un
der the Democrats had been
called for today but Senator Mc-
Clellan postponed it until Mon
day after the three other Demo
crats in tfye group said they
would be unable to attend. A
decision wfll be made Monday on
whether to hold public hearings
on the Peress case and there was
every indication that one would
be held.
Senator McClellan said that
he would ask for a little less
than 1200,000 to run the investi
gations group this year. The bud
get problem also will be settled
Monday. Under Senator Mc-
Carthy last year the committee
Was allotted around 1217,000 and
time was left over only about
$3,000 of that amount.
Another problem facing the
subcommittee under Senator Mo*
Clellan was the matter of staff
personnel. Because of resigna
tions of the old McCarthy group
already received, the Arkansas
Democrat said he did not expect
a large personnel shakeup.
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with gold tridents m their
backs policing the wall.
The searchlights are supple
> mented by heaven knows how
, many kilowatts in the three
. globe-lights borne on the angels
i wings at the four comers of the :
room. The angels, though dark,
. are apparently supposed to be 1
. good, or at least useful. One
. spike-crowned angel behind the
President carries a torch, an- ;
other a scroll. The third has a
cog-wheel, a hammer and other
tools. The fourth, ready for any
emergency, has an armful of :
what looks like holly berries and i
a shield. j
l In this setting, the television 1
: camera and the three movie
cameras mounted on a platform i
i at the back of the room seem
anachronistic. So does the
, President’s desk at which he ]
: stands with its cross-bar micro- ]
phone, its blotter and its water
jug. But the room is proof ,
i against such intrusions—even (
i the three leather chairs behind
> the President for his three press ]
secretaries.
In deference to the occasion— .
> not the decor—the cameras were
> decently . muffled in padded .
. cover; that looked like giant tea- ;
i cosies. Traese were supposed to j
i keep them quiet, and did. ;
i The mstoric innovation Os the j
i brought out a record '
i attendance of reporters. By the I
i time the President appeared. :
natty in a dark browp suit, the ;
I seating capacity—estimated at ;
203 had been exhausted and a ;
dozen or so reporters repaired !
to the balcony. The interval of '
■ waiting for the President was ;
enlivened by photographers’ re- i
quests to the chatting reporters ;
to look this way or that. ;
The President took brisk note <
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of the arrangements when he
arrived. No stranger to the flood
lights, he seemed unbothered by
the glare. He was very much
as usual: calm-voiced when dis
cussing foreign policy, a little
louder, but somehow less force
ful on domestic questions.
A couple of reporters, appar
ently slightly rattled by the
thought of being on display,
neglected the usual form of
stating their names and papers
before putting their questions.
The President didn’t seem to
mind.
He didn’t mind at all when
some one reminded him that
today would be his second anni
versary in office. Happy as a
birthday child, the President
flashed his grin, whipped out his
spectacles and plucked from the
same pocket the copy of a speech
on the budget he had made in
Peoria, Illinois on October 2,
1952.
Another reporter got a smile
when he asked the President
how, after two years in office,
he liked his job.
Hie President never a phrase
maker. even among the elegances
of the press conference room,
replied In his usual unadorned
phrasing.
‘‘Like everything else,” he said,
“there is not wholly unmixed
blessings in such djuties."
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THE EVENING STAR, Washington, D. C.
tilliPAT, JANUARY H, 1W
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