THE PRESIDENCY: Paper Ghost?

When he rose unhurriedly to his feet in the Oval Room, Harry Truman told his weekly press conference that he had none of the usual announcements to make. Then the questions began.

What about the Supreme Court appointments? No comment, the President said. Could the President give a slight hint? No comment. Could the President say when he would act? No.

There was nothing unusual, he answered, about his phone conversation with Secretary Byrnes in Paris. He had never heard of a Cabinet meeting to discuss the French loan. What did the Cabinet discuss? That was none of the questioner's business.

He...

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