U.S. At War: The First Press Conference

President Harry Truman was sitting in a cane-backed swivel chair, one elbow resting on the Presidential desk. He wore a double-breasted blue suit with a World War I discharge button in his left lapel.

He also wore a tight-mouthed air, as though he were determined to say things about which there could be no mistake.

He was facing his first Presidential press conference — a democratic free-for-all where Franklin Roosevelt had met the representatives of the people 998 times in his 146 months of office. Now 348 corre spondents were packed in a fat half-moon around Harry Truman's big desk — the biggest...

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