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    On the morning of October 2, Mrs. Wilson found her husband unconscious on the bathroom floor of their private White House quarters bleeding from a cut on his head. Wilson had suffered a stroke - a massive attack that left his left side paralyzed and impaired his vision. She immediately summoned Dr. Grayson. Then the conspiracy began. The two of them formed a bulwark between the invalid President and the rest of the country, simultaneously shielding Wilson from intrusion and hiding his condition from outsiders.

    For seventeen months the enfeebled President lay in his bed on the brink of death, barely able to write his own name. The outside world knew none of this. All communication with the President went through his wife. She entered the sick room with messages and emerged with verbal instructions or the scrawl of a signature on a piece of paper. Edith Wilson called the period her "stewardship." Later, others called her the first woman President.

    •  Wilson recovered a bit. (2+ / 0-)
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      After a couple of months, a group of Senators went to see President Wilson to find out first-hand if he was running the country.

      One Senator began the discussion by remarking, "President Wilson, you have been in our prayers."

      To which Wilson immediately replied, "Which way, Senator?"

      The Senators had to concede that Wilson still had his mentalwits about him.

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