THE PRESIDENCY: Waning Power

Probably the most frequent phrase heard in connection with the coal and railroad strikes was: "Why doesn't he do something about them?"

By "he," the people meant the President of the United States.

Many who said this had once damned Franklin Roosevelt every time he did something about anything. The contrast between a strong-willed Roosevelt and an indecisive Truman had set the nation to thinking about the powers of a democratic leader.

In Manhattan, James Aloysius Farley, a political realist and a shrewd observer of trends, said: "I have an uneasy feeling that the belief is spreading that people are not capable...

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