Eisenhower: "Mr. President. If you will forgive me, I think I mentioned that to you three months ago."
After the meeting, Eisenhower stood in front of television cameras and said, "I am all in favor of the United States supporting the man who has to carry the responsibility for our foreign affairs."
In "The Presidents Club," Gibbs and Duffy write that despite the fact that all of these men have risen to the highest level of their profession, they not only work better together, but they need one another.
"There is no fraternity like it anywhere, and not just because of the barriers to entry of the privilege of membership," they write. "For all of the club's self-serving habits and instincts, when it is functioning at its best, it can serve the president, help solve his problems and the nation's, and even save lives."