THE PRESIDENCY: Down with Truman!

Rarely had a U.S. President taken such a rawhiding from a single, powerful group of his constituents. Harry Truman's call for merciless anti-strike action (TIME, June 3) had hardly died down over the nation's radios when organized labor set up its counter-cry.

In Manhattan's Madison Square Park, Alexander Fell Whitney, boss of the Railroad Trainmen and the man whom the President had roasted to a turn, rose to his feet and cried: "You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, and you can't make a President out of a ribbon clerk." All around him the crowd—drummed up by...