For the Future

THE PRESIDENCY For the Future

When President Truman reported to the nation, the night before the Jap surrender offer, he had the biggest radio audience he has had since V-E day—41,-500,000 (by Hooper rating). His listeners bent an attentive ear when he talked of the new bomb (see ATOMIC AGE), and when he spoke of the Russian entry into the war having been arranged at Potsdam. But much of what he said was immediately overshadowed by the march of events. Still, there were points for U.S. citizens to ponder.

At Potsdam, he said, the U.S. had proposed that four of Europe's...

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