THE PRESIDENCY: The Distinction Is Different

When President Harry Truman starts talking off the cuff, his advisers are never sure whether he's going to wind up with a blast at Wall Street or a side remark that sets his State Department to explaining that U.S. policy on Russia is unchanged. But when he dropped in at the Statler Hotel one night last week for a little off-the-cuff talk at a National Planning Association dinner, the President was all primed with a theme to suit his audience.

"You know," said the President, "we plan our day's work. We plan the houses in which we are going to...

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