The Presidency: Standing by Eight Presidents

The coldest day in Rex Scouten's life may also have been his best. He came to the capital as a Secret Service agent out of Detroit to help in Harry Truman's 1949 Inauguration. He shivered as he stood by the Inaugural stand. Yet the great celebration awed the Michigan farm boy, who recalled last week, "I never thought I would ever get to Washington." He has been there, at the very center, ever since.

Later in 1949 he was assigned to Truman's White House detail. He relished Truman's early-morning walks, but he worried about the President's crawling around the girders during...

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