THE PRESIDENCY: Forgive & Forget?

Facing newsmen at an open-air press conference in Key West, suntanned Harry Truman seemed as cool and casual as his floppy blue slack suit. For the time being, at least, the President just wanted to forgive and forget.

Actually there was not much more that he could do. Administration strategists on Capitol Hill had sent word that now was the time for persuasion and compromise, and Harry Truman was plainly determined to ruffle congressional feathers no further.

A slight edge crept into his voice when someone brought up the subject of the Dixiecrat...

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