THE PRESIDENCY: The Price Gamble

As in almost every other major crisis, President Truman permitted his deadlock with Congress over OPA to come down to the last minute before making a decision. Then he took a long gamble.

Last week he had an extraordinary session with his Administration leaders in Congress. The price bill they brought him —after the fizzle of Senator "Pappy" O'Daniel's eight-hour filibuster—was, by their own admission, a dud but they agreed: it was the best that could be had. At least, it saved rent controls.

But Harry Truman, throwing caution to the winds, decided...

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