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Between '52 and early '55 Florence Mahoney and I worked on appropriations for medical
research and some other health legislation. We did not have any friends in the White
House, as Mr. Eisenhower's staff were not particularly interested in liberal
Democrats. And we never went into the White House from '52 until 1961, when the new
President was inaugurated.
Did you attempt to make some contacts there?
Well, we did through the President's doctor, when we felt that the President might
veto an especially large increase in medical research appropriations. We did on
several occasions attempt to get in touch with Dr. Snyder, Eisenhower's personal
physician, and he did meet with us several times and was sympathetic to more funds
for medical research. He was really the only one that we were in touch with at all,
but that relationship was rather tenuous, and I never knew how much he actually told
the President after he had lunch with us. He lunched with Anna Rosenberg and me once
or twice, but I never was sure how effective he was going to be or really how much
effort he was going to make, although he was in principle sympathetic.
It seems almost incredible, with all your multitude of friends, that you weren't able
to reach somebody on the staff.
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