of the World
WWHEN DW1GHT D. EISENHOWER became president in
1953, Eleanor Roosevelt had resigned her UN post to give him
the chance to appoint his own delegate. She was aware that, as a
prominent Democrat who had not hesitated to challenge the
president when she thought him wrong, she might have angered
him. But she also knew that she was experienced and respected,
and that UN appointments had hitherto been made on a bipar-
tisan basis—and she wanted to remain in her post. Eisenhower,
however, accepted her resignation with alacrity, for some reasons
that did not make the public record.
William Turner Levy was anxious to hear Eleanor Roose-
velt’s account of what had happened. His chance came while
driving down to New York after a stay in Hyde Park.
ON THE DRIVE DOWN, Mrs. Roosevelt shared her copy of The New York Times with me. An article about the United Nations caused me to ask Mrs. Roosevelt the facts about President Eisenhower’s not using her as a member of the U.S. delegation to the General Assembly.