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Halsey named an old sea dog to head the task force, the irascible Vice Adm. John “Slew” McCain, now sixty years old, and the same man who had left such an indelible impression on Laird when he was a youngster. ) As the American fleet pushed its way across the Pacific, island by island,                     battle by battle, its victory seemed inevitable—except to the Japanese. The national Shinto religion implied that Japan was fated to rule the world. They believed that Emperor Hirohito was the “Son of Heaven,” and the forces of nature themselves would be harnessed, if necessary, to defeat the invading infidels.

27 The platform for Eisenhower’s reelection sparked little controversy and passed easily without dissent. Laird had time to relax, including playing the first of many rounds of golf with Senator Bush. He also had time to chat with one of the Bush sons, George H. , who hustled around with messages and platform drafts as a page for the committee. ” These were senators and representatives assigned to follow key Democratic speakers and hold alternative press conferences to debunk Democrats’ assertions about the national Republican ticket.

So Laird and his buddy Jack McDonald slept for free in the beds while five classmates slept on the floor and paid the hotel bill. Laird graduated an unimpressive thirtieth out of a class of . The graduation speaker was his father, who gave a rousing address on “Eternal Verities”—faith, hope, and charity. Reverend Laird’s optimism worked its magic                     on his son. Despite ominous war clouds over Europe that spring of , he left the graduation ceremony convinced he could make his own way in the world.

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