THE PRESIDENCY: Politics

In the Mayflower Hotel's gilt-trimmed ballroom, the cheers and applause were unrestrained. There were even a few joyous rebel yells as Harry Truman appeared in the doorway, flanked by Mrs. Truman (in green) and Daughter Margaret (in pale blue). Harry Truman grinned and waved happily to the 2,000-odd Jefferson Day diners.* He could well remember the dismal days last fall, when all that Democrat bigwigs wanted of him was to keep out of sight.

Fresh in every mind was the cheering news of the Democratic comeback in Chicago (see Political Notes); the thought gave added zest to the diners as they...

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