THE PRESIDENCY: Liberty's Victory

When V-J day finally came, it was an anticlimax. The war had been over for 18 days; the ceremony on the scrubbed deck of the Missouri was historic, certainly, but it seemed a long way away. President Truman, who had already issued numberless historic statements in his four and a half months in office, had little new to say. But he said it, sitting in the radio room of the White House, in tones of such sincerity that his 35,000,000 listeners were impressed:

"This is a victory of more than arms alone. This is a victory of liberty over tyranny....

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