THE PRESIDENCY: Yond Cassius . . .

After two weeks of watching the Republicans organize Congress, Harry Truman decided it was time to invite a few to the White House for a little visit.

It was an intimate affair; just the Senate president pro tem, Arthur Vandenberg, Senate Majority Leader Wallace White, Speaker Joe Martin, House Majority Leader Charles Halleck and the two Democratic minority leaders, Alben Barkley and Sam Rayburn.* After 50 minutes' non-controversial conversation about war surpluses, the Maritime Commission and possible future meetings, the guests walked out to disappoint a mob of newsmen. The talk, said...

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