THE PRESIDENCY: Everything's Lovely

What was the President going to do about the phone strike? Would he veto a tough labor bill? What about prices? What about Henry Wallace? While the questions went unanswered, insouciant Harry Truman ducked his regular press conference and had a week of fun.

He got off to a good start by buying the first poppy of the Veterans of Foreign Wars' 1947 sale from six-year-old Saundra Fay Hall, gave her in return a little silver sombrero he had picked up in Mexico. Later that afternoon he drove over to the Bethesda Naval...

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