"Brother Benson," McKay said, "my mind is clear in the matter. If the opportunity comes in the proper spirit I think you should accept [an appointment from the U.S. President]." "I can't believe that it will come," Benson replied. "I've never even seen Eisenhower, much less met him or spoken with him.".
[Source: Gary James Bergera, '"Rising above Principle": Ezra Taft Benson as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1953-61, Part 1', Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (Fall 2008, v 41)]