THE PRESIDENCY: And a Pair of Brass Spurs

No other $100,000-a-year executive in the U.S. has to put up with the wearisome workaday details that a President does. There are also hundreds of U.S. citizens, great & small, constantly clamoring for his attention. "I wish someone would lock the gate," sighed Appointment Secretary Matt Connelly. "The pressure is terrific."

In between getting bills ready for Congress (see below) and holding a reception for 128 foreign diplomats and wives in Blair House, Harry Truman found time for a list of visitors ranging from ten Blue Star Mothers to Roman Catholic Archbishop Yu-pin of Nanking. A delegation from the American Radio...

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