National Affairs: Four Men in a Boat

Back from Missouri, Harry Truman was soon aboard the Presidential yacht Williamsburg for a four-day cruise down the Potomac and in Chesapeake Bay. This was not the poker-and piano-playing sort of outing the President likes. The President was hard at work.

Two disappointments weighed heavy on Harry Truman: 1) Congressional inaction on the whole program of Government planning-for-prosperity which he had inherited from Franklin Roosevelt; 2) labor's bitter criticism of the fact-finding, cooling-off proposal which he had hoped would end the current wave of strikes and threatened strikes.

Harry Truman apparently thought that both...

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