National Geographic : 1961 Jan
KODACHROMEBY NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERTHOMASNEBBIA N.G .S. President's-eye view of his office. During the Eisenhower Administration, this room has seen the President confer with more than 120 heads of foreign nations and thousands of United States leaders. Mr. Eisenhower's glasses lie where he left them. Silver blotter holder bears autographs of the men who went to Paris in 1952 to persuade him to run for the Presidency. Miniatures of Mr. Eisenhower's wife and mother appear at right. Telephone at left, with gold dial and 48 gold stars, was given in 1953 to commemorate the 50-millionth telephone put in service in the United States. When President and Mrs. Eisenhower walk out through the white pillars, they will be come part of that symbol. They brought many things to the President's House: the dignity that befits the Presidency and a warmth and informality which typify America as we like to believe in it. With them it has known laughter, and serenity, and a sense of destiny. When they go, they leave behind a reflection of these gifts. The Eisenhowers take with them, of course, a Nation's salute for their bearing and strength through eight turbulent and trying years. And they leave for their successors a home, and a history, worthy of the President of the United States.